High-speed collision on Holman Road

A fast-moving car narrowly missed other drivers and ricocheted off a tree on Holman Road just after 4 p.m. on Friday, a witness says.

My Ballard reader Mike captured this photo right after the car hit the tree. He said the occupants appeared to be OK, and they took off on foot shortly after the crash.

“Amazingly they didn’t hit anyone coming the other way,” he said. “Hug your loved ones people, this car came out of NOWHERE and could have killed multiple innocents.”

We are contacting Seattle Police to learn more details.

Repair work to disrupt traffic on 8th Ave.

Here’s a traffic advisory for folks who take 8th Ave. NW to and from Holman Rd. in Crown Hill — and for people who live in the neighborhood.

The intersection of 8th Ave. NW and NW 95 St. will become the site of an emergency sewer repair beginning this Monday and lasting five weeks or more, according to Seattle Public Utilities.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane on 8th Ave. NW — with a flagger maintaining order — and the intersection will close from time to time.

NW 95th St. will be closed between Dibble Avenue NW and 7th Ave. NW, and there will be no access to 8th Ave. NW from NW 95th St. Traffic will be detoured around the site, but local access will be maintained, SPU said.

Help the city decide how to spend $3 million

The city of Seattle has received over 1,000 ideas for small-scale improvements to parks and streets, and now it needs help sifting through them all. At stake is $3 million allocated in this year’s budget for the best ideas.

Here’s how it works: The city is holding several meetings in each council district. During these meetings, each district narrows down the list to 8 to 10 ideas. Then those ideas will be put up for a community vote, and a city steering committee will choose how much of the $3 million is allocated to each of the districts.

Got it? Ok, here’s the list of meetings in our district below. In each meeting, neighbors will evaluate ideas that are in close proximity to the meeting’s location (so pick your closest spot.).

“These meetings are simply conversations with neighbors about submitted project ideas in your community,” explains the city. “Participants will discuss the projects in small groups and then individually score ideas based on physical need and community benefit.”

February 23, 6:15 – 8:15pm
Crown Hill Community Center – 9250 14th Ave NW

March 1, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Ballard Branch Library – 5614 22nd Ave NW

March 6, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Fremont Branch Library – 731 N 35th St

March 28, 6 – 8pm
Greenwood Senior Center – 525 N 85th St

For more information, you can visit the Your Voice, Your Choice website here.

Ballard house moving to Lopez Island, some parking restricted along route

The big move for a small Ballard bungalow is happening late tonight (Saturday). The city has put up “no parking” signs along the narrow sections of the route.

The home is located at 843 NW 62nd St. (above). Once its loaded up on the truck, it will travel down 62nd St. and turn south on 8th Ave. Then it will turn west on Market St., south on 15th Ave., east on 52st St. and then south on 14th Ave. toward the water.

Parking along 14th Ave. from 51st. down to the boat dock (above) is restricted from 11 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. tomorrow. The home will start moving just before midnight. If you plan on watching the move — which will take several hours — please make sure you stay out of the workers’ way.

Once it gets to the dock, the bungalow will be loaded up on a barge and shipped to its new owner on Lopez Island. The move is a collaboration between the sustainable developer NW Built and the house moving company Nickel Bros.

Nick Carpenter at Nickels Bros. tells us they move a lot of homes to the San Juan Islands because it’s so expensive to build a home there. “We can deliver a house to them for a fraction of what the house costs in Seattle and also on the island,” he said.

If you have any photos to share of the move, please send them to tips@myballard.com or tag @myballard on social media.

Earlier: Ballard house to be picked up and moved

Neighbors on 49th St. not happy with Waze

Neighbors who live along NW 49th St. near Market St. (map) are not happy with navigation apps Waze and Google Maps, according to a story on KIRO 7 (only available in video).

They said the apps are directing drivers to take 49th as a shortcut instead of sticking to thoroughfares like Market. St. or Leary Way. The street is narrow with roundabouts.

Neighbors told KIRO that semi trucks are getting stuck occasionally — and in some cases, even side-swiping their cars and leaving the scene of the accident. One neighbor says he’s going to apply for a grant to hire a traffic engineer.

You can watch the story here.

What if the Sounder train added a Ballard stop?

That’s the idea floated by Stephen Fesler in the Urbanist: what if the North Sounder train, which travels between Seattle and Everett, added stops in Ballard, Interbay and Belltown?

Since the tracks already exist (map), the Sounder could add “infill stations” in Ballard just north of the Salmon Bay Bridge and south of NW 57th St. — as well as at Fishermen’s Terminal, Smith Cove (near the new Expedia campus) and Broad St. along the waterfront. If the stations are “modest” and don’t include parking, Fesler writes, they could cost a “few million dollars a piece.”

He continues:

A station serving Ballard could be successful in generating favorable ridership for several reasons. Firstly, riders north of Seattle may find the station useful to access jobs in central Ballard and the industrial area centered on Salmon Bay. A variety of all-day and peak-hour buses make connections to those areas easy. Secondly, local residents might find the service desirable to get quick service to Downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, and SoDo. Other proposed stations could make intermediary destinations viable, too.

What would this mean for light rail? Fesler says the Sounder could pick up some of the slack before light rail debuts in Ballard in 2035. After that, light rail “wouldn’t fully compete with North Sounder since the commuter line would still serve unique destinations to the south,” he writes.

What do you think of his idea? Fesler has many more details in this post.

Highway 99 tunnel could open this fall

The Highway 99 tunnel through downtown Seattle may be running severely behind schedule, but it may open a little sooner than its late target date.

Considering an updated work schedule from Seattle Tunnel Partners, WSDOT says the Highway 99 tunnel could be finished by this fall instead of early next year. But it adds in the blog post, “a significant amount of work remains between now and tunnel opening” and “it’s too early to accurately predict a tunnel opening date.”

Crews are still working on the roadway and systems inside the tunnel, and then they’ll test “approximately 5,000 individual components and nearly 90 tunnel systems.” And Scarsella Bros. workers need to build the final connections between the existing highway and the tunnel.

Then the real fun begins. “When the tunnel is ready to open, SR 99 through downtown Seattle will be closed to traffic for approximately three weeks,” WSDOT said. It goes without saying that 99 is a major corridor to North Seattle, and those will be a painful 3 weeks.

Once the tunnel is open, crews will demolish the Viaduct — carefully.

You can track the construction progress on WSDOT’s website.

Concrete pouring this Friday at new office building will impact traffic on 56th

A 5-story office and retail building is under construction at the NE corner of 15th and Market (where the old gas station used to be), and they’ve scheduled the concrete pour for this Friday.

Construction crews have received a “noise variance” for the pour, which will start setting up at 4:45 in the morning. Crews will shut down the west half of NW 56th St. between 14th and 15th Ave. until about 12:30 in the afternoon.

They’re building a 202,000 square-foot office and retail building — with underground parking for 253 vehicles — for the real estate company Martin Selig. According a story published a year and half ago, the building was already 70% leased.

“It’s fair to say that there’s been very little office development in Ballard,” said Brad Hinthorne at the time, a managing principal for Perkins + Will, the architecture firm on the project. “The community was quite excited during the design review board process that there’s office product coming to Ballard. There’s a real shortage.”

Sewer line work to impact traffic on 3rd Ave.

If you commute along 3rd Ave. through the Greenwood area, the city of Seattle will begin work tomorrow on a sewer line replacement that will impact traffic between 89th and 90th St.

Lanes will be restricted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays — you’ll see flaggers directing traffic — and Seattle Public Utilities says it will work with nearby residents to provide local access.

The project is expected to take four to seven weeks to complete.

Nearby News: Temporary traffic impacts for Magnolia Bridge next week

SDOT is advising local travelers that crews will be doing work on the Magnolia Bridge as part of continuing assessment of the safe load capacity of the bridge.

Travelers can expect the following impact on traffic:

On Tuesday, February 7:

  • Closure of the westbound curb lane on the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, February 8:

  • Closure of the westbound curb lane on the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Intermittent traffic stops on the bridge for a few minutes at a time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Sidewalk, bus stops, and marina access will remain open throughout the work.

SDOT appreciates the public’s patience during this work.