Word from SDOT:
A contractor working for Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) may start as soon as Monday, Aug. 9 painting the approaches (raised roadways at each end of the bridge) of the Ballard Bridge. The moveable part of the bridge will be painted next year under a separate contract.
The contractor plans to start with cleaning and painting the handrails on the sidewalks. To accommodate this work, the sidewalks will be closed around the clock for three weeks on each side, although they will be reopened for weekend use. Pedestrians will use the sidewalk on the side not being painted.
Bicyclists are encouraged to detour to either the Ballard Locks or the Fremont Bridge. Alternately, bicyclists may use the sidewalk not being painted; however, due to the narrowness of the sidewalks and the contra-flow bike traffic, bicyclists will be required to dismount and walk their bikes across the bridge.