Two Suspects Held After Assault On Metro Driver

Crime

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the threatening of a Metro driver with a gun early Saturday morning near the Holman Road QFC, according to The Seattle Times.

Police set up a containment area shortly after the incident in the neighborhood around NW 97th Street and 7th Avenue Northwest, and located one female juvenile suspect, another suspect who matched the description of the person who initially had the gun, and later a police dog located a third suspect hiding under a parked car. The suspect found under the car was armed with a knife and a gun was found nearby. Police said they arrested the two “primary” suspects, but didn’t specify which two they were.

Between 2009 and 2011 the number of assaults on Metro bus drivers decreased each year, from 149 in 2009 to 86 in 2010 and 84 in 2011. The number climbed back up to 107 in 2012, and numbers for 2013 and for the first part of 2014 are not yet available. Metro says their overall goal is to bring the number of assaults on drivers down to 10 per year.

Reuben’s Brews’ Raises Money

According to this MyBallard article, Reuben’s Brewery (located in downtown Ballard) has raised over $7,000 for different local charities. Beginning last May, Reuben’s hosts a different charity or non-profit organization each Thursday and then donates $1 of every pint or growler that is sold that night to the featured organization.

Another aspect that is unique, is that Reuben’s encourages representatives from that nights featured organization to attend and raise awareness for their cause by talking about what they do. Tonight from 3pm to 8pm MEOW Cat Rescue will be the featured organization. For more information about this great weekly event, please visit Reuben’s website. 

Ballard Siphon Replacement Project Begins Today

Starting today at 9 am, King County is closing off a section of the south bound lane of Shilshole Ave NW near NW Dock PL as part of the  Ballard Siphon Replacement Project. From July 10th to 17th this section of Shilshole Ave NW will be reduced to a single lane during the hours of 9 am to 3 pm daily.  This projects goal is to create a detour route along Shilshole Ave as construction will continue to disrupt traffic throughout the summer in order to complete the Siphon Replacement Project. King County says to expect delays during this period of time and to consider using alternative routes. For more information you can visit the King County website. 

Ballard Siphon Map

Look Out For Repairs at Intersection of 15th Ave NW & 85th St

This Saturday, paving construction crews from the SDOT will be headed to the neighborhood to begin repairing pavement at the intersection of 15th Ave NW and 85th NW St, if it’s not pouring down rain. The SDOT stated that the Northbound traffic on 15th Ave NW will be reduced down to one lane through this intersection from 7am Saturday morning to 9am Sunday. Southbound traffic should not be affected by the construction, but crews will also be closing one lane in each direction on 85th at the intersection. Construction is necessary to repair a temporary patch following an underground water main repair. There will be police on site to help any traffic.

BHC to Host Community Bike Ride

This Saturday May 26th, the Ballard Health Club(BHC) will host a neighborhood bike ride for its members and friends, to promote their once a month club bike ride. The ride will start at noon from

Photo Courtesy of Ridereporter.com

Bikesport, who BHC is teaming up with to promote the ride together. Each ride is tailored to the participants, and last month’s ride kicked off the series and traveled mostly around the Burke Gilman Trail to Matthew’s Beach and back. The rides generally last 2 hours, and maintain a pace of about 12-14mph throughout. Bikesport’s owner and BHC member Scott K will lead the ride. If you’d like to participate in the ride, or for more information on  BHC activities visit their website.

Seattle Summer Streets Days Coming to Ballard & West Seattle

It’s that time of year again; Seattle’s annual series of Summer Streets Days is here, where certain streets are marked off for pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards and various block parties in the surrounding Seattle areas, in particular the Ballard and West Seattle

West Seattle Street Closure, Photo Courtesy of Seattle Department of Transportation

neighborhoods. Beginning tomorrow night, 22nd st NW in Ballard will be closed off from 4-7pm right next to Bergen Place Park. Also on Sunday the majority of Alki Avenue Southwest will be closed to motorized vehicles between 9am-5pm to clear out for morning traffic, a  5k fun run, live music, and other activities. Please be prepared for traffic backups, and utilize non-motorized vehicles for transportation.

Ballard Bridge to be Closed for Evening Paint Job

The Ballard bridge is scheduled to get a fresh coat of paint for the next three weekends, and will be closed in the evenings for traffic. The closure will be scheduled starting from 3:00-6:00AM beginning this Saturday April 14th, and also scheduled for the 21st & 28th. Be prepared for bridge closures from midnight to 6:00AM on Sundays April 15, 22 and 29th as well. The new paint project is expected to end around the end of May.

Photo Courtesy of www.myballard.com

Southbound lanes and west sidewalk closures should also end by the end of April, but northbound lanes and east sidewalk closures will move forward into May, but will be open during rush hour between 3-8pm. For more information and updates on the bridge delays, visit the Seattle Times.

Safer Biking Becoming More Likely in Ballard

Are you a cyclist? If so, you’re probably aware that the Ballard District Council is working to make biking and walking safer in our neighborhood. Not too long ago, the Seattle Department of Transportation approved greenways throughout the city, including Ballard, in an effort to promote safe bicycling and walking in the city. According to the Ballard Greenways website, greenways are “slow, low-traffic streets connecting parks, libraries, schools, and businesses for pedestrians and bicyclists who need safe and comfortable routes through the City.” Ballard’s greenway would go along 58th Ave NW from 6th Ave to Golden Gardens. If adopted, it will create a safe east-to-west bicycling option in the heart of Ballard!

However, this route still poses challenges, as 58th St NW crosses multiple busy roads (8th Ave, 15th Ave, 20th Ave). So, it may require a Neighborhood Project Fund grant to make those crossings a bit safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the greenways, attend the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways meet-up tomorrow. SDOT staff, Peter Hahn and Dongho Chang, will be there to answer greenway questions. The meet-up is on Thursday, March 22nd from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. It will take place at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. For more information on the advocacy group, check out the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Facebok page.

Ballard Bridge Gets a New Paint Job

With the weather still fairing, we’ve been waiting for the Ballard Bridge paint project to take off, but the project was postponed from it’s original scheduled date of March 11th to March 15th, and had to be rescheduled again to begin yesterday, due to eery weather conditions. The contractor of the project is planning to close one Southbound lane of traffic during the week, now through April. This lane will remain open during peak traffic hours but will be closed from 10am-6pm Tues-Fri, and in the evening from 8pm-6am Mon-Thurs.

Southbound Lane Closure on Ballard Bridge Today

Painting crews are moving over to the other side of the bridge this week after finishing up on the Northbound side of the bridge, and the outside southbound lane will be closed from 10am-6pm today. The lane will be closed 10am-6pm Tues-Fri this week, and will close the following week 8pm-6am Mon- Thurs. Bicyclists should also note that the sidewalks will be closed on the west side, but the east sidewalk will remain open. Bicyclists can use the Fremont Bridge, or cross the ship canal  to the Ballard Locks during this time. For more traffic updates, click here.