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

09/13/2018

What to expect between Virginia and Pike streets:

  • Construction work will occur six days a week. 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. The contractor is planning on working the next several Saturdays. 
  • Increased noise can be expected from pile driving operations.
  • Expect intermittent pedestrian path closures and detours for safety on the west side trail during pile installation.

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

09/13/2018

What to expect between Virginia and Pike streets:

  • Construction work will occur six days a week. 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. The contractor is planning on working the next several Saturdays. 

What to expect on Madison street:

  • Final restoration to be complete later this month.
  • Seattle Public Utilities will be working in the area next week. Expect intermittent lane closures.

What to expect between Spring and Seneca streets:

  • Construction work will occur six days a week, starting at 7 AM on weekdays and 9 AM on Saturdays. 
  • The parking area is closed through the end of this week.
  • Beginning Friday evening, one lane will be open during evenings and weekends.
  • Work will continue in this area for several more weeks to complete electrical connections to the vault.
  • Pedestrians and business access will be maintained.
  • Please see our flyer for more information.

Other area projects:

  • Traffic switch preparations: Construction activities to move traffic out from under the Alaskan Way Viaduct continue. 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 from Yesler Way to Pike Street. 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. 
  • Center City Connector: Please see the project website for more information
  • Private utility work: Over the next couple of 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 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.
    • Work has started on Columbia, Main, Jackson and King 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, Spring and Seneca Streets 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

09/13/2018

What to expect on Columbia Street:

  • Construction work hours are Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM.
  • The block between First and Post avenues remains closed to vehicles.  Pedestrian and business access will be maintained. Please follow signed detours. 
  • Private utility work continues. Local vehicle access will be maintained.

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

09/13/2018

What to expect between Virginia and Pike streets:

  • Demolition of the building at 1528 Alaskan Way will begin next week. Expect noise and congestion in the area as the debris is hauled away.

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