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Ballard Bridge
Ballard Bridge from Seattle Maritime Academy 01.jpg
The Ballard Bridge seen from the
Seattle Maritime Academy
Carries 15th Avenue NW
Crosses Salmon Bay
Locale Seattle
Other name(s) 15th Avenue Bridge
Maintained by Seattle Department of Transportation
Heritage status NRHP
Total length 2,854 ft (870 m)
Longest span 218 ft (66 m)
Architect A.H. Dimock
Construction end 1917
Rebuilt 1939
Ballard Bridge
View from boat of Ballard Bridge opening - Seattle 2011.jpg
Ballard Bridge in the process of opening (or closing)
Location Seattle, Washington
Built 1917
MPS Historic Bridges/Tunnels in Washington State TR
NRHP reference No. 82004231
Added to NRHP July 16, 1982

The Ballard Bridge, also known as the 15th Avenue Bridge, is a double-leaf bascule bridge in Seattle, Washington. It carries 15th Avenue NW over Seattle's Salmon Bay between Ballard to the north and Interbay to the south. The Ballard Bridge follows the Fremont Bridge in the east in the succession of bridges spanning the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which connects Lake Washington in the east to Puget Sound in the west.

Built in 1917, it has an opening span of 218 ft (66 m) and a total length of 2,854 ft (870 m). The spans of the bridge that don't lift were originally surfaced with wood planks. It also carried a streetcar. In 1939, the fixed spans of the Ballard Bridge were replaced as a Public Works Administration project. The deck was surfaced with concrete and the rails for the streetcar were removed. In 1982, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In recent years bicyclists have complained that improvements are needed to address safety concerns.


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