Now more than ever, The Stranger depends on your support to help fund our coverage. Please consider supporting local, independent, progressive media with a one-time or recurring contribution. Our staff is working morning, noon, and night to make your contributions count. Help us reach our goal of 1, new contributors by the end of fall! Born out of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest CHOPthe youth-led protest's goal is to disrupt daily life, to garner attention from elected officials and from the city as a whole, and to get people to understand their positions.
Seattle’s Ballard Bridge reopens after malfunction forces drivers to detour
The Morning March's demands have remained the same all summer: abolish the police, invest in Black communities, end the youth jail, recall Mayor Jenny Durkan, and free all protesters. The location for today's action was significant given the fact that the Ballard Bridge serves as a major point of connection between Councilmember Dan Strauss's district and the rest of Seattle. The demonstration also came on the heels of Durkan's veto of the city council's rebalanced budget. Protesters focused mainly on Strauss during the demonstration.
According to march organizer Elisha, 23, Strauss is "backing away" from commitments he made to defund the police and is "clearly regretting" votes he made to support the movement. It's a false narrative to say that scaling up community-based programs will not and cannot work because they are not ready to step in today. The worst thing we can do is give organizations the responsibility of responding without the time they need to scale up and be successful.
Strauss also reneged on a vote to cap the police chief's salary the day before the chief announced her resignation. You're supposed to listen to us.
Over the last few months, the Morning Marchers have marched through neighborhoods, blocked freeway entrances, and generally filled up space. Last week, they shut down the State Route 99 Tunnel. Organizers said they plan their major shutdowns on Wednesdays to avoid weekend stays in jail in the event of arrests.
The group of more than 50 met Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill. Most were young, though I saw a father and his two daughters as well as some older women participating. Elisha led a morning yoga routine, breakfast was served, and then people filed into waiting cars. Wendy drove. She had daisies embroidered on her jeans. We stopped at La Palma in Interbay to regroup.
Cars lined up on a slope of a driveway. I sat in the second car from the front. Radios clicked on. Wendy followed the car in front of her and slowly, at an angle, eased herself into traffic. Another car followed suit.Several draw bridges will be closed intermittently today Sunday for cooling showers, including the Ballard Bridge. Crews will be at the Ballard Bridge at noon today to spray down the bridge with water from a cooling truck. The showers are necessary because high temperatures can cause the steel to expand, potentially creating problems for opening and closing functions.
The bridge will be closed for five to 10 minutes at a time while it gets sprayed down. Goal is to cool off the steel before temperatures get into the 90s! The cooling truck will visit the Fremont and University Bridges next, and then will return to the Ballard Bridge to begin a second round of spray-downs on each bridge. Perhaps this signals that something else is wrong with the bridge and it will soon require replacement.
Imagine that, bringing that ancient thing into this millennium. Various factually tenuous statements. Fomenting against Democrats. Something something something. ALL caps words.
Homeless this and that. Paintking, what in the world are you talking about? Why, exactly? The churlish caucus of this comment board must be on vacation — no one has suggested driving this thing across Ballard Commons yet! That would be great! Me and the hobos would love it! No more washing my butt in the public fountains. Haaahahaaaaaa cackle, cackle, cackle aaahaaaaa!!! Got some meth?
A Youth-Led Protest Shut Down the Ballard Bridge Wednesday Morning
Help support My Ballard's independent local journalism. Please Login to comment. Notify of. El Grunion. Lizzy the Lezzy. Mike O'Brien is smart. Fudge La Fudge. Previous post. Next post. Support our journalism by subscribing. Send us a tip or event. Join our Facebook group or newsletter. Learn about advertising.The bridge, closed at about p. The malfunction came after an incident last weekend that blocked traffic on busy 15th Avenue Northwest for a half-hour.
Drivers were detouring and, in some cases, made U-turns. The old bridge, built in to coincide with the Lake Washington Ship Canal, is often identified as needing replacement. City leaders instead chose to spread funds among many smaller projects, that could be completed more quickly to meet neighborhood demands.
The SDOT now is completing community outreach to identify options for some future replacement, though they are not funded. Options range from a high-level fixed road bridge with walkways, some to feet high, to a mid-height bridge that opens occasionally, to rehabilitation of the span, which is 44 feet above average water level and serves 57, daily vehicle trips.
The SDOT has performed seismic strengthening on many spans in recent years and is replacing a rotting timber-supported bridge on Fairview Avenue East, at the eastern shore of Lake Union.
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times. By Mike Lindblom. Mike Lindblom: or mlindblom seattletimes. You must be logged in to leave a comment. Log in or create an account.No word on what caused the malfunction. See the bridge traffic cameras here.
Traffic is backed up in all the usual directions as drivers take alternate routes. It appears as if you have also swallowed all the BS the bully democrats have foisted upon you. This is YOUR money sport.
Hey brilliant one. Just open YOUR fat wallet and simply send in more each and every week to your favorite government and leave other wallets alone? Outdated, too low and NOT progressive whatsoever. All that and the bridge is NOT inclusive enough…i. Ballard Bridge is a symbol of white supremacy and must not be repaired. Spending money on Ballard Bridge would only reinforce white supremacy. You can see the live traffic cameras here.
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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann will miss Sunday's Spanish league game at Real Betis. Griezmann was left off Atletico's squad announced by coach Diego Simeone on Saturday after he failed to recover from an unspecified injury. The club had said the player felt pain in his right thigh following Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League.
Shkodran Mustafi will miss Arsenal's trip to Southampton on Sunday as the Arsenal defender has not recovered from a thigh injury. The Germany international was forced off early on in last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United and will sit out the game at St Mary's. Mustafi, who made a mistake to allow Jesse Lingard to put the visitors 2-0 ahead inside the opening 11 minutes as United left the Emirates Stadium with three points, had been enjoying arguably his strongest spell in the Arsenal side since joining in the summer of 2016.
Villarreal's Pablo Fornals had to be taken to hospital after fainting during training and the midfielder will miss Sunday's LaLiga game against Barcelona as a result.Bike ride: Ballard to Downtown Seattle
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Yet, this would not be our pick in the game. Even though Rafa Benitez and his team are at home, Leicester City are on a strong run of form. Craig Shakespeare has seen his team manage only one away victory in the season, but they have been unbeaten in the last five on the road. Four of those matches have finished as a draw, but Leicester have been able to win the last four games against Newcastle. Our preview would go with a victory for Leicester. Newcastle have suffered a poor run of results due to terrible defending in recent weeks.
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