Crews are beginning early utility investigations and geotechnical work throughout the downtown waterfront to prepare for full construction of the Waterfront Seattle improvements. This early fieldwork will include transmission line relocation, geotechnical drilling, and underground utility investigations through potholing.

Impacts during this work include loud noise and vibrations, intermittent temporary lane restrictions on Alaskan Way and adjacent streets, and short pedestrian detours. We'll maintain business access and provide notice for all work that is expected to impact people who live, work, and commute through the area.

If you have questions or concerns about this work, please email us at info@waterfrontseattle.org or call the Waterfront Seattle Program line at 206.499.8040.

Crews are also finishing up Seawall construction – you can learn more about the project here. Please see the Seawall construction page for other work along the waterfront.

6/23/2017

Upcoming fieldwork for the Waterfront Seattle Program.

What you can expect on Elliott Avenue near Blanchard Street 

Crews are scheduled to begin potholing for underground utilities underneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct, starting as early as Monday, June 26:

  • Intermittent temporary lane shifts on Elliott Avenue near Blanchard Street during the daytime. 
  • At select locations, traffic may be temporarily reduced to one lane. Flaggers will keep traffic moving in both directions. 
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists will be directed around work areas, as necessary. Please follow posted detours.
  • Work will occur between 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday, starting Monday, June 26, and finished by Friday, June 30.
  • Construction trucks and equipment are loud; you’ll likely hear the sound of metal banging metal and a motor running during work, and the surrounding buildings may amplify the noise.

What you can expect on Pike Street  

Crews are scheduled to begin potholing for underground utilities underneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct, starting as early as Monday, June 26:

  • Temporary parking impacts near Pike Street and Alaskan Way, due to work in the parking area at Pike Street east of Alaskan Way. 
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists will be directed around work areas, as necessary. Please follow posted detours.
  • Work will occur between 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday, starting Monday, June 26, and finished by Friday, June 30.
  • Construction trucks and equipment are loud; you’ll likely hear the sound of metal banging metal and a motor running during work, and the surrounding buildings may amplify the noise.

What you can expect between Yesler Way and S Main Street

Crews are scheduled to begin potholing for underground utilities underneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct, starting as early as Monday, June 26:

  • Intermittent temporary lane shifts on Alaskan Way between Yesler Way and S Main Street.
  • At select locations, traffic may be temporarily reduced to one lane. Flaggers will keep traffic moving in both directions. 
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists will be directed around work areas, as necessary. Please follow posted detours.
  • Work will occur between 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday, starting Monday, June 26, and finished by Friday, June 30.
  • Construction trucks and equipment are loud; you’ll likely hear the sound of metal banging metal and a motor running during work, and the surrounding buildings may amplify the noise.

What you can expect between Yesler Way and S King Street

Phase 2 of Seattle City Light's Central Waterfront Transmission Line Relocation Project is underway. The majority of work will take place behind the SR 99 Tunnel Project fenced-off work zone on Alaskan Way. Visit the project website for more information.

  • Daytime work hours are from 7 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday – Thursday. S King St west of Alaskan Way is closed to vehicle traffic for up to one more week. Although vehicles are restricted, flaggers will direct pedestrian and bicycle traffic to access the Elliott Bay Trail at S King St.
  • Work may occasionally occur on Saturdays during daytime hours, 7 AM to 3:30 PM, from June through August.

What you can expect in the coming weeks

Due to the number of projects ongoing in and around the waterfront area this summer, our utility investigations will prioritize the most critical locations through June 30. We will continue additional work in September, as needed. We are closely coordinating with other projects in the area to minimize impacts to Alaskan Way and nearby routes.

  • Phase 2 of Seattle City Light's Central Waterfront Transmission Line Relocation Project will continue, including occasional work on Saturdays during daytime hours, from June through August.
  • Crews will continue to conduct potholing underneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct between Bell and S King streets through June 30. This will include work on Alaskan Way and will result in intermittent lane shifts on Alaskan Way and nearby streets. At select locations, traffic may be temporarily reduced to one lane with flaggers used to keep traffic moving in both directions. Flaggers will be onsite directing pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle traffic as needed.

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