Ballard Bridge Up

Living in the Seattle neighborhoods above and below the Ballard Ship Canal and “the cut” that goes from Lake Union to Lake Washington provides a little extra interest in your commute activity, namely that of the possibility that things might be held up for as much as 15 or 20 minutes as a large ship passes through.  When that happens, there are several Seattle bridges that function as draw bridges (also known as bascule bridges, if you care), and then one more that is a swing bridge (that one is called the Spokane Street Bridge).  The three best known draw bridges are the University Bridge, The Fremont Bridge, and the Ballard Bridge, which is pictured here.  There is also the Montlake Bridge, a double-leaf bascule bridge, and the First Avenue South bridge, a pair of double-leaf basclue bridges built in 1956

I was taking photos so it might have seemed shorter, but I thought that this time when the Ballard Bridge was up it took less than 10 minutes all in all, hardly enough to disturb.  But if you are late of course, 10 minutes counts for a lot more.  This is why motorists are advised to figure in a little extra time if they are crossing one of these bridges on their way to their destination.  Actually, according to the city website, a bridge opening averages about 4 minutes from stopping traffic to letting traffic resume.

According to the WA State Dept of Transportation website, The Ballard Bridge was originally built in 1917, having gone through two changes since, and is the last of the bridges to be passed through as ships enter Puget Sound from Lake Washington.  The road that goes over this bridge is 15th Avenue NW, which will carry you down from Ballard all the way through Interbay, the western skirts of Queen Anne, and on to the Pike Place Market and beyond.

Two “bridges” that cross the Ship Canal without having to worry about ships getting under them as they are much higher up are the Aurora Avenue (Hwy 99) Bridge and the bridge to the east of that which takes Interstate 5 over the canal.  These are great for catching a glimpse of the city and Space Needle as well.







About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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