The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) needs to perform rail work on the Salmon Bay Railroad Bridge that crosses the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The rail drawbridge will remain in the closed-to-navigation position to allow safe rail maintenance from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 18 and 19. The bridge will have two openings on the scheduled repair dates, one at 11:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. – mariners need to provide at least 2 hours of advanced notice to the bridge operator at (206) 784-2976 or VHF Ch 13 in order to use the two allowed bridge opening times. Vessels which do not require a bridge opening may continue to transit beneath the bridge during the closure period. The bridge will be able to open for emergencies with at least a 30-minute notice. The bridge provides 43 feet of vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position.

Boats linedup to go under the Ballard rail drawbridge on their way to the Ballard Locks