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

05/17/2018

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 between Pike and Spring streets:

  • Typical work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday
  • Restoration of work zones at Union and University streets

What to expect between Seneca and Spring streets:

  • Typical work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday
  • Pouring of specialized concrete and installation of duct banks

What to expect at Railroad Way and 1st Ave South:

  • Typical work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday
  • Utility investigation work to start next week
  • All work will be within the existing fenced off SR 99 Tunnel work zone

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 will begin 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

05/24/2018

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 between Seneca and Madison streets:

  • Typical work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday
  • Preparation for duct bank installation and vault work
  • Start of utility investigation work on Madison Street, between Western Avenue and Alaskan Way
  • Work on Madison Street will require us to reduce traffic by one lane between 9 AM and 3 PM

What to expect at Railroad Way and 1st Avenue:

  • Typical work hours are 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday 
  • Utility investigation work continues
  • All work will occur within the existing fenced off SR 99 Tunnel work zone

What to expect during construction:

  • Starting between Pike and Spring Streets (see map)
  • Locations south of Spring Street will begin in late spring 
  • Typical work hours are 7 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday. Occasional overnight and weekend work.
  • On-street parking restricted up to two blocks at a time
  • Load zones restricted up to two blocks at a time
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists may be detoured
  • Alaskan Way will be open to through traffic at all times
  • Business access will not be interrupted
  • Construction equipment and vehicles moving in and out of the work zone
  • Construction trucks and equipment may be noisy; the most significant noise coming from vacuum trucks loading utilities. 

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

Work is underway as part of Phase 2 for the Central Transmission Line Relocation Project (TLR). As soon as December 11, 2017, crews will begin some initial utility investigations at S King St, followed by the relocation of an existing duct bank and installation of a drainage manhole in early 2018. This work is primarily occurring at night to minimize traffic and access restrictions, with some daytime work to minimize noise impacts. Work is anticipated to be completed by March 2018. 

What to expect between S Yesler and S King streets:

  • Temporary closure of one lane on Alaskan Way between S Yesler and S King streets during daytime work hours, for overhead transmission line removal
  • Work hours are from 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Thursday, and from 7 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays
  • Flaggers will be on-site to direct vehicle and bike traffic, and signed detours will be posted on surrounding blocks. No impacts are expected to the bus lane on Alaskan Way, nor to pedestrian access

What to expect at S King Street:

  • Temporary closure of southbound Alaskan Way south of S Jackson St, and temporary closure of the intersection of S King St and Alaskan Way during nighttime work hours, for deep utility investigations at the intersection
  • Night work hours are from 8 PM to 5 AM, Sunday through Thursday
  • Flaggers will be on-site to direct vehicle traffic, and signed detours will be posted on surrounding blocks. No impacts are expected to the bike lane, parking lane, and bus lane, nor to pedestrian access
  • The noisiest work will only last until 10 PM. Steel plates will be used to cover trenches in the daytime

What to expect at Railroad Way:

  • Temporary closure of southbound Railroad Way north of 1st Avenue S during nighttime work hours, to divert traffic from work at S King St
  • Night work hours are from 8 PM to 5 AM, Sunday through Thursday
  • Flaggers will be on-site to direct vehicle traffic, and signed detours will be posted on surrounding blocks. No impacts are expected to the bike lane and parking lane, nor to pedestrian access
  • Local access on Railroad Way will be maintained only for vehicles accessing the parking garage

We are closely coordinating with other projects in the area to minimize impacts to Alaskan Way and nearby routes.

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