Ballard Bridge maintenance work frustrates drivers, more lane closures coming

Update: Next week’s work has been postponed

Earlier: With backups of 30 minutes or more, drivers attempting to cross the Ballard Bridge yesterday and today were met with long lines of cars in both the northbound and southbound directions.
The RapidRide D Line bus experienced delays from the backup, as well.

SDOT crews had closed the curbside lane in both directions to do scheduled maintenance work.

“Who thought doing maintenance on the Ballard bridge in the middle of a work day was a good idea?” wrote one frustrated driver on Twitter. “This is crazy! I waited 30 mins before I turned around and went a different route.”

“Who scheduled this smack in the middle of the day on a weekday?” wrote another. “Can’t this be done off hours or early weekend mornings? There are no signs up alerting commuters that this is coming so we could plan around.”

The closures were a surprise to motorists — as well as My Ballard — so we contacted SDOT to find out what was happening. SDOT said the lanes were closed for maintenance and cleaning until 3 p.m. today, and new maintenance work is scheduled for March 12th through the 16th, closing one of the northbound lanes from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SDOT then issued a blog post this afternoon with news of today’s closure as well as the upcoming maintenance work. “SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is being completed,” it said.

(If you’re ever wondering about Ballard Bridge traffic, check our traffic cameras here.)

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Dawgbro
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Dawgbro

To bad SDOT can’t see see my extended middle finger. SDOT=MORONS

One Working, Three Supervising
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One Working, Three Supervising

The “wins” just keep on coming. Pretty sure they’ll be hitting us up for some tax increases.

steve
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steve

Besides no notice, got stuck with an opening too

Mr Ballard
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I left my house in ballard at 1130 to get to an important appointment in Magnolia at 12 . I got stuck in this for 45 minutes before turning around mid bridge then went to Fremont bridge that was backed up with bridge up also .. so I drove all the way to Mercer to get on to Elliot then across the Magnolia Bridge – total commute time from Ballard to Magnolia 1 hour 15 minutes – I missed my entire appointment!
The drive should hav taken 20 minutes tops

Sara
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Sara

This was insane ! I had to call a neighbor to pick up my daughter from school – I was an hour late! No warning signs the bridge just stayed up for 10 minutes then traffic down to 1 lane and up again for 10-15 minutes then again a total of 3 times in 45 minutes it stayed up for over 10 minutes.
Who is running this City ?

TRUTH
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TRUTH

Perhaps leave yourself some buffer time in the future.

Concerned Ballard Millenial
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Concerned Ballard Millenial

I think they schedule it in the middle of the day because you are only slowing down people that don’t have jobs like the homeless and stay in bed moms.

Ralph
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Ralph

And this could NOT be done at night because….? Ridiculous.

Si c'est la vérité, je vais prendre des mensonges
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Si c'est la vérité, je vais prendre des mensonges

@Truth – you moron. Shall we allow ourselves 1 hour and 15 minutes of “buffer time?” In your mad zeal to type, do you ever bother to think? And really, who needs your hectoring finger-wags anyway? Shut it.

Gabby Shudenbacker
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Gabby Shudenbacker

@obnoxious ballard millenail
how many homeless people do you know that have cars?? That wouldn’t even make sense because cars can be homes in a pinch. So by definition they are homeful. Please think before you speak.

DRG
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DRG

CONCERNED BALLARD MILLENIAL, you giant ass, there are plenty of us who don’t work 9-5 shifts.

Concerned Ballard Millenial
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Concerned Ballard Millenial

Sorry, I didn’t realize there were people that still live in Ballard that didn’t go to college.

WTF
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WTF

In college, I learned how to spell millennial.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

So with these lane closures will SDOT finally fix the massive potholes on the approach structures that have caused extensive damage to cars as evident by the pileups of hubcaps that fly off cars on the sidewalks and in the bushes?

I’ll bet $1,000,000 on no.

We somehow come up with hundreds of millions to pay consultants to think about the homeless crisis but actually fixing infrastructure would be unthinkable.

Dave Alin
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Dave Alin

It’s just going to get worse (& worse). Just wait, with all the single dwelling lots being subdivided, it’ll increase the traffic, the wear and tear on the road ways causing more maintenance needs. Think of it as a funnel. A traffic funnel with an ever expanding top & an ever narrowing end. Thanks City of Seattle planning. Ya did good (Ha!)

Josh
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Josh

There will be delays like this daily once they build more and more high rises north of the bridge pushing traffic beyond the capacity of the Ballard Bridge. No rail will be finished in the lifetime of anyone with a current drivers license either.

Hate it
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Hate it

This is but a small taste of what’s coming if there’s a moveable bridge that the light rail will go over for the proposed expansion.

Grumpy Ballard
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Grumpy Ballard

What is irritating to no end is the lack of advance notice of the work.

Carol Rice
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Carol Rice

Grandmother picking up granddaughter from day care-Ballard to Discovery Pk.-a trip that usually takes 15 min.. Tues. I was late by 25 min. picking up, today late again 20 min.. Will SDOT pay my daughter the extra $$ she will be charged for delays? I tried to do a work-around (Fremont bridge to Nickerson) on Tues., but today I was too far across the bridge to turn around. Very frustrated, to say the least. And, why could this work not have been done say 11 pm-6 am???? No warnings. Nice job, SDOT.

assistencia caldeiras porto
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Ist´s allways like this!! no notice when they will start working… people have a life.
This things happen all over the world, Sad!

Scott
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Scott

Did anybody here bitch about those lovely handful of folks last Friday that shuttered downtown? And why not? At least this IS progress. Um, we do need this link to work well folks. They do it at night due to noise restrictions. Too bad this ancient artifact can’t simply be replaced. Like a bridge 50 feet higher that NEVER needs opening As in being progressive. Yet that would bring instant taxation, 3 blue ribbon panels, 6 citizen review boards, 120 variances/impact statements, union squabbles, and VIOLA; we have Seattle! Nothing will get done, except adding another gazillion people here AND bitching, a lot Failed leadership. Most here don’t know the bridge used to be wooden and catch fire often from train sparks. We haven’t advanced that much since.

Truth
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Truth

@Sockpuppet: Wow, did you really impersonate me and then create a NEW sockpuppet to try to shame your impersonation of me? You REALLY need mental help dude. Ask for help if your tiny hands are unable to pick up the phone.

@Josh: So the maximum life expectancy is now 33? I knew our country has regressed, but yikes!

Floyd Haberman
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Floyd Haberman

I do not want my tax dollar$ doing to reimburse peoples poor planning.

Androida
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Androida

30 minutes…? We were waiting for an hour! It was hugely disruptive in both directions. Unfortunately I was in front of the line so I could witness the ‘work’.

Stay in bed mom
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Stay in bed mom

What’s a stay in bed mom ? Sounds like more sexists hate speech popularized by gay men with no idea about life or the beauty of a women. Go grow a long beard your not fooling anyone