All lanes of Ballard Bridge open the rest of the week

All lanes of the Ballard Bridge will be open the rest of the week. According to a release from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), crews don’t need to close one northbound lane as they’d been doing the last three days to install light pole brackets. “Plans have changed and no lane closure is needed for this work today or tomorrow, August 5 and 6. Work will resume at a later date,” the release from SDOT states.

During the closure, traffic into Ballard was pretty slow-going.

Lane closure on Ballard Bridge all week

Traffic note: Seattle Department of Transportation crews plan to install light pole brackets on the Ballard Bridge this week. The northbound, right lane of the bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Monday, August 2 through Friday, August 6. Pedestrians will be assisted on the sidewalk by a traffic flagger. This work could be delayed if emergency work is required an another location.

Road closures for the Greenwood Seafair Parade

This evening is the annual Greenwood Seafair Parade which means that traffic in the area will be affected.

A float celebrating Leif Erikson at last year’s parade.

Beginning at 4:15 p.m. Greenwood Ave N between N 95th St and N 105th St will close for staging. Then at 5:30 p.m., Greenwood Ave between N 85th St to N 105th St will close.

The parade route runs along Greenwood Avenue North from North 95th Street to North 85th Street, then turns west on 85th to 6th Avenue Northwest. The entire route will be closed until after 8:30 p.m.

Three Metro Transit bus routes serving the Greenwood area will be rerouted from approximately 4 to 8:30 p.m. for the parade. For details about service on routes 5, 48 and 355. Click here for details on the bus changes.

Here are details on the parade from our sister site PhinneyWood.com.

New four-way stop near Ballard Blocks

Updated:There’s a new four-way stop near the Ballard Blocks at the intersection of 14th Ave. NW and NW Ballard Way. With new businesses in the area, traffic has been on the rise — and the intersection is the scene of frequent accidents.

Rick Sheridan with the Seattle Department of Transportation says that “SDOT received a request from the public to evaluate the intersection for an all-way stop. Our review of the location revealed increased roadway use and congestion due to the Trader Joe’s and development at the Ballard Blocks. Based on this analysis, the department believes the intersection will function better and provide greater accessibility for vehicles and pedestrians through this new configuration.”

“The first time I drove by there after the change, I waved about a dozen drivers on, before I realized I had the right of way,” writes Daisy D. in the forum. (Thanks EveryoneSeemsNormal for the first to post about it!)

Changes proposed for drivers along Market St at 24th Ave NW

Updated: Proposed changes to the Metro bus route 44, means possible changes for drivers along Market Street.

SDOT photo of route 44

The Seattle Department of Transportation is proposing to conduct a three-month pilot project at the intersection of 24th Ave NW and Market to see if changes to the lane structure along Market will help the flow of traffic, Bill Bryant with SDOT told the Ballard District Council. Under the plan, the right lane in each direction of Market Street will be right-turn only, except for buses.

A look at the pilot project. “Curb lane must turn right except buses.”

The whole point of the project, Bryant says, is to improve the 44 but their studies show these changes should also improve traffic flow. “I’m not saying it’s going solve all the problems that exist,” he told the District Council, “this is a very busy intersection.”

If this temporary pilot project is successful, the changes will be made permanent soon after the completion of the project. The project will either take place during the beginning of the summer or the end of the summer, when traffic is at its peak.

Other proposed changes to route 44 along Market include closing existing bus stops at 14th Ave NW, 17th Ave NW and 26th Ave NW. “We find a tremendous savings in transit travel time just by reducing the number of stops,” Bryant says, explaining that under the proposed changes stops would be a quarter mile apart instead of the current 1/8th of a mile.

An SDOT rendering of a bus bulb.

Proposed changes also include the installation of bus bulbs on Market at 11th Ave NW and 28th Ave NW. A bus bulb pushes the sidewalk out to the lane of traffic, so buses don’t have to pull in and out of traffic.

There is another SDOT project team looking at the flow of 24th Ave NW between Market and 56th and possibly up to 57th, Bryant says. The proposal for that stretch of road will be coming out at some point in the future.

We’ve updated this post to clarify that the pilot project is just a proposal at this point. Bill Bryant with SDOT tells us that there are still a couple of meetings left before the final decision is made on the project.

Two-car accident blocks Holman Road

Several lanes of Holman Road are closed at 7th Ave NW in Crown Hill after a two-car accident shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

As of 8 p.m., one lane is open eastbound and all westbound lanes are closed. Two medic units and two ambulances responded to the call. Several people are injured, although we don’t know the extent of their injuries.

Traffic alert: Viaduct closures this weekend

The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for most of Saturday and Sunday for its semi-annual inspection. Both decks of the viaduct will be closed from the Battery Street tunnel to Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. During the closure, WSDOT and SDOT will coordinate maintenance and preservation work. The Washington State Department of Transportation says to “expect increased congestion on all major north-south routes during the closure and plan accordingly – leave early, carpool, vanpool or take transit. Watch conditions at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or get voice-activated driver information on 511.”

Expect traffic delays on NW 80th Friday

Construction crews will close a portion of NW 80th St. from 3rd Ave NW to 8th Ave NW on Friday for pavement maintenance work, Marybeth Turner from SDOT emailed us. On Friday, one lane will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a flagger directing the east/west traffic flow. From 5 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, the westbound lane will be open and the eastbound lane will be detoured to 85th around the construction.

NW 80th closed for tree removal

Traffic alert:The Seattle Department of Transportation has closed NW 80th Street between 27th Ave NW & Earl Ave NW so crews can remove a tree. According to a press release, the tree has split and could possibly fall into the street. Crews expect to be finished and have the road reopened by 5 p.m.