TRANSFORMING SEATTLE’S WATERFRONT

The City of Seattle is rebuilding Seattle’s central waterfront. Once removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is complete, the City will construct a park promenade along the water, construct a new surface street along Alaskan Way, rebuild Pier 58 and Pier 62, build an elevated connection from Pike Place Market to the waterfront, and improve east-west connections between downtown and Elliott Bay. This effort, called Waterfront Seattle, is a $724M, multi-year investment between now and 2023. It is led by the City of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects.

GUIDED BY THE COMMUNITY

The Waterfront Seattle Program began as a community vision to remove the Alaskan Way Viaduct and reconnect the city to its waterfront. Since 2010, over 10,000 people have participated in visioning sessions, community meetings, walking tours and environmental reviews to shape the project we are now building.

THE PROGRAM'S HISTORY

2010

Waterfront Seattle Program begins

2011

Guiding principles established

The Mayor and Seattle City Council establish the guiding principles of the program in Resolution 31264

2012

First design milestone

The Mayor and City Council endorse the Waterfront Concept Design (79.5 MB PDF), Framework Plan (49.3 MB PDF) and Strategic Plan (4.3 MB PDF)

2014

Friends of Waterfront Seattle established

Our nonprofit partner leads programming, fundraising and more

2017

MarketFront opens

The first piece of the new pedestrian connection between downtown and the waterfront

Seawall construction complete

The foundation for the new waterfront

Pier 62 rebuild begins

2018

Prepare for viaduct removal: early utilities

Marine habitat enhancements begin

2019

Remove viaduct

Begin construction on the new Alaskan Way, park promenade, and bike path

2020

Pier 62 opens

2021

Begin Overlook Walk construction

New Alaskan Way opens to traffic

The new surface street will provide clear pedestrian crossings and signalized intersections

2022

Bell Street improvements complete

2023

Overlook Walk complete

Waterfront Seattle Program construction complete