October 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM
UPDATE: Ballard Bridge is now open to traffic
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. | The bridge is now open to traffic.
The Ballard bridge is stuck open this morning after an apparent mechanical failure.
Rick Sheridan, spokesman for Seattle Department of Transportation, said that the failure occurred around 9:30 a.m. The bridge tender noticed the eves weren’t aligning when closing it after boat traffic passed by. The bridge is in the open position while crews work on it.
“We do occasionally experience some mechanical issues with our bridges. These are complex pieces of equipment,” Sheridan said.
Seattle police are rerouting traffic.
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