Crews have completed digging the tunnel under Salmon Bay in order to replace the 2,000-foot, 77-year-old wooden sewer line. The Ballard Siphon Replacement Project is entering the next step of the process, which includes installing the new pipe at the south site just off West Commodore Way near the Fisherman’s Terminal. King County says crews will be working 10-hour shifts Monday through Saturday, and drivers should expect increased truck traffic around the site as trucks deliver the pipe.
There will also be crews on the Ballard side of Salmon Bay at Shilshole Ave NW near 20th Ave. as they prepare the north site for pipe installation. In early 2014, King County says there will be a four-month sidewalk detour around the project area. They say there will be increased activity, with cranes, excavation equipment and trucks on and around Shilshole Ave NW during the preparation and installation process.