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.
1Building connections to the SR 99 tunnel
- Completing the ramps and roadways connecting SR 99 and local surface streets to the new SR 99 tunnel.
- In December 2018, E. Frontage Road S. in between S. Atlantic St and S. Royal Brougham Way will be paved and striped for two-way traffic.
- Crews are working at the SR 99 tunnel’s south and north portals to prepare for the large amount of work occurring during the Realign99 closure in January, 2019.
2Colman Dock (open during construction)
Washington State Ferries is replacing the aging and seismically vulnerable parts of Colman Dock in Seattle in order to maintain its critical role as a regional transportation hub. Project construction began in 2017 and will continue through early 2023. The terminal will remain open throughout construction. The contractor will complete most work from barges on the water, however, construction work zones on the dock will limit vehicle holding capacity. Ferry service will maintain the same number of daily sailings as the current schedule.
What’s happening now?
This fall, work will take place on both the south and north sides of Colman Dock.
Bremerton and Bainbridge Island vehicle holding areas will continue to change. View our Colman Dock Project construction web page to stay up to date.
Driving a vehicle onto the ferry
Bremerton vehicle holding is in the middle of the dock closest to the terminal building.
- All Bremerton drivers must exit at Marion Street.
- No trucks over 40-feet long permitted on inbound sailings from Bremerton to Seattle.
Bainbridge Island vehicle holding is on the south side of the dock.
- All Bainbridge Island drivers must exit at Yesler Way.
Riding a bicycle onto the ferry
- Bicycle card readers on both sides of the toll plaza. These card readers will remain throughout construction.
- Bainbridge bicycle holding in the southernmost lane (lane 1).
- Bremerton bicycle holding in the northernmost lane (lane 30) This lane will be shared with motorcycles, with line designating space for both modes.
Walking onto the ferry
The passenger load zones remain in front of the main terminal building on Alaskan Way between Madison and Columbia streets. The pedestrian connection to the Marion Street Bridge remains open.
Through summer 2019
Alaskan Way between Madison Street and South Jackson Street
What to expect
- Colman Dock remains open
- Demolition of part of the terminal building
- The passenger-only ferry facility has been temporarily relocated to the north side of Colman Dock. Passengers enter from Alaskan Way between Madison and Marion streets.
3Center City Connector Streetcar construction
On March 30, 2018, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan directed the City of Seattle to halt the ongoing projects related to the Center City Connector Streetcar, except for work on seismically vulnerable water mains, pending an independent review. Visit our webpage to learn more about the current status.
Water main construction is proceeding as scheduled in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Utility construction is taking place along 1st Ave between S Jackson St and Columbia St. 2018 construction is anticipated to be completed this fall.
What's happening now?
Crews are removing supplies and equipment as work wraps up. While we have a few weeks of work remaining, the majority of 2018 construction is complete, and crews will continue consolidating their footprint in Pioneer Square.
- Utility construction along 1st Ave between S Jackson St and Columbia St began in fall 2017. Current construction activities are anticipated to be completed this fall. Daytime construction hours are 7AM – 5PM. Construction-related noise may be heard as early as 6:30 AM as crews refuel equipment and begin staging for the day.
- Nighttime construction hours are 5PM – 7AM
- 1st Ave S between S Jackson St and Columbia St
What to expect
- Northbound lane closures along 1st Ave between S Washington and Columbia streets. Intersections and a southbound lane will be open during the day with intermittent closures. Northbound 1st Ave is detoured at S Washington St.
- Parking is currently removed along 1st Ave from S Washington St to Marion St. Crews returned parking along 1st Ave S between S Jackson St and the west side of S Washington St on a block-by-block basis as the contractor finished the paving work. We’ll continue to consult with the Alliance for Pioneer Square and local businesses on parking plans. The return of on-street parking is temporary while the Center City Connector Streetcar status is being decided.
- Closure of the parking lane on the north side of S Main St between 1st Ave S and Alaskan Way S for construction staging. Crews are working to consolidate and remove equipment and materials.
- Closure of the parking lane on the south side of James St between Yesler Way and 2nd Ave for construction staging. Crews are working to consolidate and remove equipment and materials.
- Sidewalks will remain open during construction
- Center City Connector outreach team
- 24-hr hotline: (206) 400-7578
4Rebuilding Pier 62
The Waterfront Seattle project is rebuilding Pier 62, including replacing the aging wood pilings and deck, and provide new railings, lighting, utilities and a floating dock. During construction, the pier is closed to the public.
What's happening now?
- Work began in December 2017 and is anticipated to be complete late 2019
- Typical work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, with occasional weekend work
- The pier will be closed throughout construction to maintain a safe work zone
- Work includes upland road and utility work as well as in-water work on the pier
- During construction, you may experience periods of increased noise, dust and vibration, especially during pile driving operations
Fall 2017 – Late 2019
West side of Alaskan Way between Pike St and Lenora St
What to expect
- Noise, dust and vibrations
- Pier 62 will be closed to the public
- Alaskan Way will remain open to two-way traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured to the east side of Alaskan Way
5Switching traffic on Alaskan Way
- In October the travel lanes of Alaskan Way were moved west, out from beneath the viaduct.
- This switch will allow crews to keep at least one lane of Alaskan Way open in each direction during viaduct removal. The new alignment contains two lanes in each direction.
- Work included installing signals for new traffic intersections between Yesler Way and Union Street, and removing old signals and signage.
- Approximately 240 new parking spaces were added beneath the viaduct. They will be in place until the space is required for viaduct removal staging and prep work.
7Marine Habitat Improvements
Construction on marine habitat enhancements just south of Colman Dock and west of Alaskan Way began in late October (see map below). The work will create an intertidal area to improve the function of the natural ecosystem along our urban shoreline. The work will have no impact to parking, pedestrians or vehicles.
- October - early 2019: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM, & Saturday, 9 AM to 7 PM
- Occasional night work and potential work on Sundays
- In Elliott Bay, between Pier 48 and the Washington St Boat Landing Pergola, Colman Dock, and west of Alaskan Way
What to expect
- All work will be performed from the water
- No parking or load zone impacts
- No impacts to pedestrian or business access
- Expect some construction equipment and vehicles moving in and out of Pier 48. Most of the equipment and materials will be barged to the site
- Construction trucks and equipment may be noisy with the most significant noise coming from barge-mounted equipment
- Lead agency: Seattle Office of the Waterfront
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 206-499-8040
- Website: waterfrontseattle.org/overview
This information was last updated: 12-5-18
- Colman Dock is open during construction
- The passenger-only ferry facility has been temporarily relocated to the north side of Colman Dock. Passengers can enter from Alaskan Way between Madison and Marion streets
- All drive-on customers, including cars, trucks, vanpools and motorcycles enter from S. Jackson St. Passenger pickup and drop-off access will remain in front of the terminal building on Alaskan Way. There are no changes to access for people walking or biking onto the ferry.
Pier 62 Rebuild
- The west side trail will remain closed for the winter between Lenora and Pike streets and will reopen by Memorial Day.
- Road restoration work on Alaskan Way near Pike Street has been completed. The four lanes of Alaskan Way, the Pike Street crosswalk and the Pike Place Market Garage driveway are now open.
Private Utility Work
- Private utility companies continue relocation work in preparation for viaduct removal. Expect work along the waterfront near Union, South Main and South Washington streets. Work will be primarily in small areas, and with relatively short durations of single-lane closures and localized parking restrictions.
- See the map of the private utility work in the area.
For more information on current construction activities, click on the projects on the map to the left, or select a project from the list above.
Want to know more about plans for future construction? Visit the “What’s Ahead” page where you can view construction information year by year. Or click on the “What’s Ahead” tab above and select the year that you want to know more about. Printer friendly maps showing general timing of construction of the various projects along the waterfront are also available.
If you’re planning on visiting the waterfront, check out the “Travelers' information” page to help plan your trip, find parking info, and check out current traffic conditions.
Have questions or comments? Find agency contact info on the “Contact Us” page.