About the projects
The Waterfront Seattle Program will transform Seattle’s central waterfront, capitalizing on the opportunity created by the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the replacement of the Elliott Bay Seawall.
The program spans the waterfront from Pioneer Square to Belltown. It includes the rebuilt Elliott Bay Seawall, twenty acres of new and improved public space, improved connections between center city neighborhoods and Elliott Bay, critical utility infrastructure, and new Alaskan Way and Elliott Way surface streets to serve all modes of travel.
Learn about the budget and schedule for design and delivery of the waterfront projects.
Explore the future waterfront
- 1. Railroad Way
- 2. Main + Washington streets
- 3. Alaskan Way + Elliott Way
- 4. Protected Bike Lane
- 5. Seawall Project
- 6. Columbia Street
- 7. Marion Street Bridge
- 8. Promenade
- 9. Seneca Street
- 10. Waterfront Park
- 11. Union Street
- 12. Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One
- 13. Pike Place Market's MarketFront
- 14. Overlook Walk
- 15. Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion
- 16. Pier 62 Rebuild + Floating Dock
- 17. Bell Street Park extension
- 18. Battery Street Portal Site
A pedestrian gateway linking the waterfront to Pioneer Square and the stadiums. Railroad Way will encourage new circulation and activities throughout the year and on game days at CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field.
Improvements to the streetscape in Pioneer Square between Alaskan Way and Occidental Avenue will make them a more pedestrian-friendly and accessible way to reach the waterfront.
A rebuilt Alaskan Way and new Elliott Way will serve all modes of travel and provide clear and safe pedestrian crossings and signalized intersections.
A new two-way bike path located between the roadway and the promenade. This route will serve both commuters and families that want to enjoy the waterfront by bike.
Already under construction, the new seawall will protect critical infrastructure and utilities while enhancing salmon and nearshore habitat.
Improved sidewalks and transit corridor amenities will be added in place of the viaduct ramp to First Avenue.
A widened Marion Street pedestrian bridge between Alaskan Way and Western Avenue will better connect the large volume of travelers who commute via ferry from Colman Dock to downtown.
A landscaped promenade will extend north-south along the waterfront from Pine Street to Pioneer Square, providing space for recreation, as well as landscaping that manages stormwater and showcases native plants.
After the removal of the Seneca Street viaduct ramp to First Avenue, the Washington State Department of Transportation will make basic improvements to Seneca Street.
Waterfront Park will be redesigned to improve access, safety, and flexibility, while offering expansive views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The promenade nearby includes a play space for families.
A first phase of Union Street, between Alaskan Way and Western Avenue, will improve safety and accessibility with a new elevator and staircase.
Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One will improve the pedestrian experience, connecting Pike and Pine streets to the waterfront, from Pike Place Market to Capitol Hill. Learn more about Act One of Pike Pine Renaissance here.
Pike Place Market is growing westward with the new “MarketFront,” a waterfront-facing expansion of the Market featuring more small businesses, farmers, senior housing, public art, and a new neighborhood center.
The Overlook Walk is a new, accessible connection between Pike Place Market and the waterfront. It takes pedestrians over the new Alaskan Way without crossing the street and includes seating, informal play areas and views.
In keeping with its conservation mission within and beyond its walls, the Seattle Aquarium will create the Ocean Pavilion, a new exhibition, education and event space. The Ocean Pavilion will serve as an important connector between downtown, Pike Place Market and the waterfront.
The rebuilt Pier 62 will be a place to stroll, enjoy views, play, and once again host events like the "Summer Nights at the Pier" concert series. The improvements include a new floating dock for access to the water! Learn more about the Pier 62 Rebuild here.
An extension of the Bell Street Park corridor to include the blocks between First Avenue and Elliott Avenue, adding landscaping, lighting, and more open space.
A future partner project led by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the redevelopment of the Battery Street site will create the opportunity for a park to serve the Belltown neighborhood.
Design Commission presentations
Regular updates to the Seattle Design Commission are a great way to view current design progress. Check out the most recent presentations below.
- Design Commission, 30% Marion Street Bridge Design – August 2, 2018 [PDF, 2 MB]
- Design Commission, 30% Overlook Walk Design – April 19, 2018 [PDF, 50 MB]
- Design Commission, 90% Main Corridor Design – Places – December 8, 2017 [PDF, 23 MB]
- Design Commission, 90% Main Corridor Design – Continuous Elements – December 7, 2017 [PDF, 29 MB]
- Design Commission, Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One Concept Design – October 19, 2017 [PDF, 7 MB]
- Design Commission, Pier 62 Rebuild – July 21, 2016 [PDF, 19 MB]
- Design Commission, Arts and Culture on the Seattle waterfront – January 15, 2015 [PDF, 18 MB]
- Design Commission, Tribal Presence on the Seattle waterfront – January 15, 2015 [PDF, 14 MB]
- Design Commission, Sustainability and Wayfinding – November 6, 2014 [PDF, 23 MB]
- Waterfront Program Wayfinding Master Plan – November 6, 2014 [PDF, 28 MB]
Foundational design plans
These foundational design and planning documents were shaped by years of design work and community involvement and remain the touchstone for the waterfront design.
Concept Design - July 2012
The Concept Design was released in July 2012 and developed design concepts for the initial core project area of Waterfront Seattle. It strives to create a dynamic and lively public realm at the water's edge, build an intelligent and efficient transportation corridor to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, establish dynamic and robust ecologies along the water's edge, develop a lively program of activities and uses, and promote smart and suitable economic development in and around the central waterfront.
Concept Design - full document: July 2012 [PDF, 165 MB]
Table of Contents [PDF, 387 KB]
3.0: Introduction [PDF, 255 KB]
3.1: Public Outreach [PDF, 1 MB]
3.2: Implementation Strategy [PDF, 1 MB]
3.3: Public Space Program [PDF, 9 MB]
3.4: Public Realm Design [PDF, 111 MB]
3.5: Bike Facility Design [PDF, 10 MB]
3.6: Alaskan Way and Elliot Way Design [PDF, 6 MB]
3.7: East West Streets [PDF, 21 MB]
3.8: Utilities [PDF, 2 MB]
Framework Plan – July 2012
The Framework Plan was released in July 2012 and established a vision for the future of Seattle's Central waterfront.
Framework Plan - full document: July 2012 [PDF, 172 MB]
Table of Contents [PDF, 1 MB]
2.0: Introduction [PDF, 23 MB]
2.1: The City Scale [PDF, 10 MB]
2.2: The Center City Scale [PDF, 19 MB]
2.3: The Waterfront Scale [PDF, 19 MB]
2.4: Places Along the Waterfront [PDF, 40 MB]
2.5: Mobility and Access [PDF, 18 MB]
2.6: Sustainable Design Strategies [PDF, 13 MB]
2.7: Fronting Uses [PDF, 27 MB]
Strategic Plan – July 2012
Design Summary – July 2012
The Design Summary was released in July 2012 and provides a description and plan for each major design aspect of the project.
Design Summary - full document: July 2012 [PDF, 64 MB]
Table of Contents [PDF, 2 MB]
1.1: Introduction [PDF, 7 MB]
1.2: Guiding Principles [PDF, 360 KB]
1.3: Public Engagement Program Development [PDF, 3 MB]
1.4: Three Concepts Three Scales [PDF, 5 MB]
1.5: Core Projects [PDF, 33 MB]
1.6: Access and Mobility [PDF, 6 MB]1.7: Framework Strategies [PDF, 10 MB]