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.

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


What to expect between Virginia and Pike streets:

  • Typical work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday
  • At times, Alaskan Way will be restricted to one lane from 7 AM to 3 PM for utility installation work, directed by flaggers

What to expect during construction:

  • Work began early December 2017 and is anticipated to be complete late 2019
  • Typical work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, with occasional weekend work
  • Pedestrians will be detoured to the east side of Alaskan Way between Lenora and Pike streets
  • 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

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


What to expect between Virginia and Pike streets:

  • Construction work will occur six days a week, with the work starting at 7 AM on weekdays and 9 AM on Saturdays and typically ending by 5 PM
  • Jack and Bore utility installation work will occur east of Alaskan Way on Pine Street
  • On-street parking restrictions and intermittent pedestrian detours will be in place to safely accommodate the work
  • At times, Alaskan Way will be restricted to one lane from 7 AM to 3 PM for utility work, directed by flaggers

What to expect on Marion street:

  • Utility installation work is planned to start next week west of Alaskan Way on Marion Street. Activities include sawcutting, utility investigations, and excavation. This work will not impact the ferry exit lanes during peak hours

What to expect on Columbia Street:

  • Projects are continuing on Columbia Street between 1st Avenue and west of Alaskan Way, including Waterfront Seattle early utility work, Puget Sound Energy gas main installation and Center City Connector. All projects are required prior to demolition of the SR-99 Columbia Street on-ramp as part of viaduct demolition this fall
  • Construction work will occur six days a week, with the noisiest work starting at 7 AM on weekdays and 9 AM on weekends and ending by 7 PM
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Columbia Street between Post Avenue and Alaskan Way to safely accommodate this work
  • Pedestrian detours in the vicinity of Post Avenue
  • Utility installation will continue

What to expect at Railroad Way and 1st Avenue: 

  • Utility installation is anticipated to be complete this week

Other Area Projects:

  • Starting Sunday, July 1, Washington State Ferries Colman Dock Project will move the drive-on entrance south to S Jackson Street and Alaskan Way
  • Load zones will be maintained in front of the terminal and will add on-street parking between Yesler Way and Madison Street through the busy summer months

Where to expect Early Utility Work construction:

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


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.


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