Welcome to the Seattle waterfront construction information site!

Seattle’s Central Waterfront is going to be a busy place over the next several years, with multiple construction projects underway. To make it easy for you to stay up to date on what’s going on and what’s ahead, we’ve compiled project information all in one place. This site provides general information about current and future public projects. For additional project details, visit the project websites, which can be found in the “Contact Us” page.

Current construction activity

Anticipated activities

  • Occasional short-term, single-lane or sidewalk closures will occur make space for adjacent work.
  • Construction on the South Access project is expected to wrap up in spring 2024.

Construction details

  • Work began in July 2021 and is expected to conclude in spring 2024.
  • Additional information on topics like traffic changes, detours and parking will be shared as work progresses.

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  • New entry building along Alaskan Way and elevated pedestrian connector leading to passenger building opened on August 3rd.

Work continues on these elements:

  • Crews are nearly done removing the temporary walkway over the vehicle holding lanes, which will open up more queuing space.
  • Ten food and retail vendor locations in the terminal building and in the rest of the project.
  • Tribal-named plazas along Alaskan Way.
  • Completion of street, sidewalk, and utility work in front of the entry building. When complete, a passenger pick-up and drop-off area and taxi parking will open.

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Anticipated activities

Waterfront Seattle is nearly complete with construction of the new Alaskan and Elliott ways in the footprint of the former viaduct. Work has now shifted to focus on construction of the new Park Promenade.

When?

Fall 2019 to late 2024

Where?

Remaining work between Yesler Way and Lenora St on Alaskan and Elliott ways.

What to expect

  • Daytime work typically 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.
  • Expect construction equipment and vehicles moving in and out of the work zone
  • Construction trucks and equipment may be noisy
  • Alaskan Way closed at Pine St. New elevated and realigned connection anticipated to open spring 2024.
    • Until then, please visit this SDOT blog for more information on how to get around.
  • Two vehicle lanes in each direction will remain open on Alaskan Way during the daytime hours, except as noted below:
    • Local access on Alaskan Way between Pine and Wall streets maintained from the north. Near Virginia St, a U-turn is in place to maintain northbound and southbound access.
    • Two southbound vehicle lanes and one northbound lane will remain open on Alaskan Way and Elliott Way between University and Lenora streets.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained to all businesses and residences.
  • Driveway access to all buildings will be maintained.

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Anticipated activities

Waterfront Seattle began construction of the Park Promenade west of Alaskan Way in July 2022. Work includes removing the old Alaskan Way travel lanes, installing utilities, paving the pedestrian space, landscaping and art installation.

When?

Summer 2022 to Late 2024

Where?

West of Alaskan Way between Yesler Way and Pike St.

What to expect

  • Daytime work typically 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.
  • Expect construction equipment and vehicles moving in and out of the work zone
  • Construction trucks and equipment may be noisy
  • Work zone is between historic piers and Alaskan Way
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained to all businesses and residences
  • Driveway access to all buildings will be maintained

Contact

Anticipated activities

  • Constructing improvements on four east-west streets in the heart of Pioneer Square. The changes will prioritize pedestrians, improve sidewalks, and increase greenery.  

Construction details

  • Construction is expected to take about a year to complete.  
  • Work areas are on S Washington, S Main, King and Yesler streets between 2nd Ave and Alaskan Way.  
  • Access to businesses and residences will be maintained at all times.  

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Anticipated activities

“The planned expansion includes a new building, the Ocean Pavilion; a west-end renovation of Pier 59; a renovation and expansion of Pier 60; and seamless connections to a greatly improved public waterfront.”

When?

December 2020 – 2024

Where?

What to expect

  • Regular work hours Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 5 PM.
  • Alaskan Way between Pike and Pine streets will be closed daily during work hours.
  • Outside of work hours, there will be a single lane northbound between Pike and Pine streets located in the vicinity of the existing S-curves.
  • There will be special accommodations when cruise ships are loading/unloading at Pier 66, follow posted signs.
  • Pedestrian access maintained at all times on the west side of Alaskan Way
  • In Progress: completion of the building and rooftop park
    • Interior habitats and educational exhibits
    • Public rooftop with landscaping
    • Public elevator and stairs
    • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and animal life support systems
    • Interior spaces for animal care, education, staff and visitors

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What to expect

  • Overlook Walk, located between the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market, is a key piece of this connection and will become a focal point for the new waterfront. Construction began in summer of 2022 and is anticipated to be completed in early 2025.
  • Day time work typically 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, with extended work hours, 6 AM to 6 PM, as needed.
  • One southbound vehicle lane and one northbound lane will remain open on Alaskan Way and Elliott Way.  
  • Pedestrian access below Overlook Walk will be maintained on the west side. Additionally, during overnight work, there will be a full closure of the sidewalk, bike lane and multi-use path on Alaskan and Elliott ways between Pike and Lenora streets. Pedestrian access will be maintained via the Pike Street Hillclimb and Lenora Street Pedestrian Bridge. 

When?

Fall 2019 to Early 2025

Where?

Between Alaskan Way at Pike St and Elliott Way near Pine St.

Contact

What to expect

  • We have completed concrete pours to close the open end of the piles, placed pile caps, installed deck panels and secured them all together. With all deck panels now in, the final shape of the pier is clearly defined.
  • We have started working on the basin for the Waterfront Fountain by James FitzGerald and Margaret Tomkins, more familiarly known as the Fitzgerald Fountain. It’s one of two historic fountains that are being restored and reinstalled on the Waterfront. 
  • We are continuing with electrical and mechanical work, including installing conduits, lighting, and drains.
  • We will use barges to deliver materials.
  • Work will primarily be from the waterside with minimal impacts to people walking along the waterfront.
  • Work hours are generally from 6:30 am to 3 pm, unless otherwise noted.

When?

Fall 2022 to early 2025

Where?

Pier 58 – between Pier 57 (Miner’s Landing + the Great Wheel) and Pier 59 (the Seattle Aquarium)

Contact

The City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) rebuilt the Marion Street Pedestrian Bridge to provide a direct connection between First Ave and Colman Dock on Marion St. It meets the existing bridge at Western Ave, spans over the completed Alaskan Way roadway, and ties into the second level of the Colman Dock Entry Building. 

As of November 2023, the bridge is open and we continue to work on finishing touches into early 2024.

When?

Fall 2022 to early 2024

Where?

On Marion St between Western Ave and Colman Dock.

What’s happening now?

  • The Marion Street Pedestrian Bridge opened in November 2023.
  • Installation of final touches continues, and access to the bridge is maintained.

Contact

When?

Winter 2023 to 2024

Where?

Pike and Pine streets, from 1st Ave to Bellevue Ave

What’s happening now?

  • Pike St between Boren and Bellevue avenues is now permanently a one-way eastbound street for vehicles
  • Access to all properties on both Pike and Pine streets, including businesses and residences, will be maintained during construction work. Detour signage will direct pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers when necessary
  • Daytime work typically Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Weekend work is planned at intersections; details to be communicated in advance through the weekly construction emails and travel advisories

Contact

Status updates

March 2024

Pioneer Square

  • Full closure to vehicles on S Main and S Washington streets between Alaskan Way S and 1st Ave S. Pedestrian access maintained, sidewalks may be narrowed.
  • Access to Firehouse Alley at S Main St is restricted, will be communicated with neighbors in advance. Vehicles must enter and exit from either S Washington or S Jackson streets. Pedestrian access to the alleyway is maintained.
  • Work will include pavement removal which may be noisy and cause vibration. See flyer for details.

Alaskan and Elliott ways

  • Alaskan Way closed at Pine St. New elevated and realigned connection anticipated to open spring 2024.
    • Until then, please visit this SDOT blog for more information on how to get around.

Park Promenade

  • Between Yesler Way and Pike St, construction of the Park Promenade continues with landscaping, grading, paving, lighting installation, bike lane work, and additional amenities.

Overlook Walk

  • One southbound vehicle lane and one northbound lane will remain open on Alaskan Way and Elliott Way.
  • Pedestrian access below Overlook Walk will be maintained on the west side. Additionally, during overnight work, there will be a full closure of the sidewalk, bike lane and multi-use path on Alaskan and Elliott ways between Pike and Lenora streets. Pedestrian access will be maintained via the Pike Street Hillclimb and Lenora Street Pedestrian Bridge. 
  • Falsework removal and utility work continues.

Pier 58

  • We have finished installing deck panels and have started work on the fountain.
  • We will have occasional early morning work starts, as early as 4:00 AM on some days to do minimally disruptive work from the waterside.

Marion Street Pedestrian Bridge

  • The Marion Street Pedestrian Bridge opened November 2023.
  • Installation of final touches continues, and access to the bridge is maintained.

Pike/Pine Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements

Pike St

  • Sidewalk removal and restoration between Hubbell Pl and Melrose Ave. Pedestrian detours may be in place.
  • Crosswalks restoration work at the intersection of Boren Ave may cause shifting lane closures and pedestrian detours.
  • Shifting lane closures and alternating crosswalk closures may be in place during work hours. Pedestrian access is maintained.
  • Work will include pavement removal, grading and restoration which can be noisy and cause vibration.

Pine St

  • Sidewalk removal and restoration between 7th Ave and 9th Ave. Pedestrian detours may be in place.
  • Shifting lane closures and alternating crosswalk closures may be in place during work hours. Pedestrian access is maintained.