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

This is a map of the current construction work zones.

Happening now

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.

Construction update

08/16/2018

What to expect between Virginia and Pike streets:

  • Construction work will occur six days this week, with the work starting at 7 AM on weekdays and 9 AM on Saturdays with occasional work occurring up until 10 PM if needed. Saturday work this week should be limited to Pine Street and the east side of Alaskan Way, potentially until 10 PM
  • Utility work on Pine Street continues
  • Barges are in place and pile driving will start soon. Increased noise can be expected during this activity, between 7 AM and 8 PM
  • There will be intermittent pedestrian path closures on the west side trail during pile installation for safety. Pedestrians will be detoured to the path on the east side as necessary at Pike and Lenora streets
  • At times, Alaskan Way will be restricted to one lane during utility installation work, directed by flaggers 

Starting in late March, underground utility work began in multiple locations along the waterfront between Pike and Columbia streets, primarily in the parking area. This work must be completed now before the travel lanes are shifted this fall to prepare for viaduct demolition in 2019. 

Construction update

08/16/2018

What to expect between Virginia and Pike streets:

  • Construction work will occur six days this week, with the work starting at 7 AM on weekdays and 9 AM on Saturdays with occasional work occurring up until 10 PM if needed. Saturday work this week should be limited to Pine Street and the east side of Alaskan Way, potentially until 10 PM

What to expect on Madison street:

  • The full closure is complete, and work will continue for the next two weeks with reduced lanes during final trenching and restoration

Other area projects:

  • Center City Connector: Construction is ongoing on Columbia Street and 1st Avenue. This work is required prior to demolition of the SR-99 Columbia Street on-ramp as part of viaduct removal this fall
  • Traffic Switch Preparations: Construction activities to move traffic out from under the Alaskan Way Viaduct this fall commence next week. Moving traffic makes room for safe removal of the seismically vulnerable viaduct. Daytime parking closures and overhead construction will occur along the west side of Alaskan Way. Crews will be working in the Alaskan Way right of way, west of the viaduct, at each cross-street intersection. They will be installing new utility poles, trenching and adding underground conduits, and installing cables and traffic signals overhead. Work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday. Read the construction notice for more information
  • Private Utility Work: Over the next couple months, private utility companies will complete relocation work in preparation for viaduct removal. Expect work in various locations along the waterfront between South King and Pike streets, primarily in small areas and with relatively short durations with single lane closures and localized parking restrictions
    • Work has started on Columbia and Main streets

Where to expect Early Utility Work construction:

This is a map of the current construction work zones.

Additional information on Early Utility Work can be found on the Alaskan Way construction flyerRailroad Way construction flyerColumbia Street construction flyer and Madison Street construction flyer.

Starting in early August, areaway repair will begin on the north side of Columbia Street between 1st and Post avenues. This work consists of filling the areaway under the sidewalk with lightweight concrete fill, replacing the sidewalk above and improving entryways to businesses on Columbia Street.

Construction update

08/16/2018

What to expect on Columbia Street:

  • The areaway improvements on the north side of Columbia Street between 1st and Post avenues is underway. Construction work will occur Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM. For more information, please see our construction flyer
  • Columbia Street on this block will be closed to safely accommodate work
  • Pedestrian detours will be in place in the vicinity of Post Avenue and Alaskan Way

Where to expect Columbia Street construction:

Starting in early August, Harborscapes building demolition will begin at Alaskan Way and Pine Street. This work must be completed this summer to prepare for viaduct removal in 2019.

Construction update

08/16/2018

What to expect between Virginia and Pike streets:

  • Prep work for the demolition of the Harborscapes Building has begun. Full demolition is planned to start next week. Expect noise and congestion in the area as the debris from the building is hauled away. Pedestrian detours will be in place

Where to expect Harborscapes Building demolition and construction:

WaterfrontConstruction.org 

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: info@waterfrontseattle.org