A large Coast Guard vessel has just made its way eastbound/inbound through the Ballard Locks and is heading for the Ballard Bridge. The 1,000 ton vessel will require both the Ballard and Fremont Bridges to open for its passage – and during that time, the two bridges will be closed for vehicle traffic. Estimated time for passage at the Ballard Bridge is 4:15 p.m. and at approximately 4:40 p.m. at Fremont Bridge. Motorists should plan for delays or alter their routes.
Per federal law, marine vessels over 1,000 tons pre-empt vehicle traffic even during “rush hour.”