We’re building the new waterfront!
Waterfront Seattle construction has started! Read below to learn more about construction currently underway. We will update this webpage regularly with updates about ongoing work, impacts, and detours as construction continues. The timeline for future Waterfront Seattle construction can be viewed on our construction schedule.
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Visiting the waterfront
The waterfront and businesses are open throughout construction. See below for construction-related detours.
Current work zones
Construction to rebuild Pier 62 began in December 2017, and is anticipated to be complete in late 2019. Visit the Pier 62 rebuild webpage to learn more about the project and what the completed pier will look like.
We’ll share regular construction updates on this webpage and via our construction updates email newsletter.
What to expect between Virginia and Union streets:
- Work hours are typically 7 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and 9 AM to 7 PM on Saturdays with occasional work until 10 PM on any of those days, if needed.
- Single lane closures in both the northbound and southbound lanes during non-peak hours for eastside restoration work and westside habitat and sidewalk construction.
- Daytime parking and northbound access lane re-routes under the viaduct north of Union Street on Thursday, December 20, for underground vault inspection.
Beginning in late October, construction began on marine habitat enhancements just south of Colman Dock and west of Alaskan Way. 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.
What to expect during Marine Habitat work (South of Colman Dock):
- Construction will occur weekdays, 7 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM to 7 PM.
- Equipment may be noisy during daytime work, with the most significant noise coming from barge-mounted equipment.
- Intermittent night work could start as early as next week. We don’t expect any impacts to traffic or parking during this quiet work.
Viaduct removal drop-in sessions
WSDOT is holding a drop-in session this Monday (12/10) in Seattle Center to share information about the upcoming filling of the Battery Street Tunnel and the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Stop by to meet the project team and have your questions answered. Details on the AWV Program website.
Five weeks until the Realign99 highway closure
The highway ramps near the stadiums close January 4 and full SR 99 closes for three weeks starting January 11. Learn more and plan now for getting around during the longest highway closure the Puget Sound Region has ever seen.
Center City Connector
Please see the project website for more information.
Private Utility Work
Private utility companies continue relocation work in preparation for viaduct removal. Work will be primarily in small areas, and with relatively short durations of single-lane closures and localized parking restrictions. Click here to see a map of the private utility work in the area. For questions about a specific location, contact: SDOTConstructionHub@seattle.gov. Overhead wire work between University and King along Alaskan Way continues through early January. The following work zones have been scheduled for Sunday through Thursday nights over the coming weeks:
- Alaskan Way, Pike to Union streets: through 12/7
- Pike Street Hill Climb, east of Alaskan Way: beginning 12/7
- Spring Street between Alaskan Way and Western Avenue: beginning 12/10
- Alaskan Way, Spring to Seneca streets: beginning 12/17
Columbia Street Areaway Fill
Starting in early August, areaway repair began on the north side of Columbia Street between 1st and Post avenues. This work consisted of filling the areaway under the sidewalk with lightweight concrete fill, replacing the sidewalk above and improving entryways to businesses on Columbia Street. The Columbia Street Areaway Fill was completed in mid-November.
Additional information can be found on the Columbia Street Areaway Fill construction flyer.
Early Utility Work
Starting in lake March 2018, underground utility work began in multiple locations along the waterfront between Pike and Columbia streets, primarily in the parking area. This work was completed in late September before the travel lanes on Alaskan Way shifted to prepare for viaduct demolition in 2019.
Additional information on Early Utility Work can be found on the Alaskan Way construction flyer, Railroad Way construction flyer, Columbia Street construction flyer, Spring and Seneca Streets construction flyer, and Madison Street construction flyer.
Harborscapes Building Removal
Harborscapes building removal was completed in October 2018. This work had to be completed now to prepare for viaduct removal.
A lot of construction will be happening on Seattle’s waterfront over the next several years. Working with our agency partners, we’ve created WaterfrontConstruction.org to help you stay up to date on current and future public construction in the central waterfront area.
For detailed construction information about specific Waterfront Seattle construction projects, remain on this webpage. For a big-picture look ahead at the many public projects currently underway and soon to start, visit WaterfrontConstruction.org.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT CONSTRUCTION?
You can reach the Waterfront Seattle Program team at:
- The Waterfront Project hotline at 206.499.8040 (staffed from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, and during occasional weekend work)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org