Topic: Ballard Bridge
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October 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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.
October 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM
A man in his 50s was rescued from waters near the Ballard Bridge Friday evening with life-threatening injuries, according the Seattle Fire Department.
A boat from the Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Patrol rescued the man and brought him to the shore near the bridge around 6:30 p.m., according to Seattle Fire. After medics treated the man on scene, he was transported to Harborview Medical Center.
The Seattle Police Department is investigating what caused the man’s injuries.
April 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM
The Ballard Bridge will be closed overnight to traffic for the next three weekends for painting.
The closures will be from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturdays, April 14, 21 and 28 and from midnight Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, on April 15, 22 and 29.
The Seattle Department of Transportation bridge-painting project is expected to be finished by the end of May.
Southbound lane and west sidewalk closures should be over by the end of April.
Northbound lane and east sidewalk closures will extend into May, but will be open for the afternoon commute between 3 and 8 p.m.
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