About the project

The City of Seattle's Office of the Waterfront & Civic Projects, working with community partner Alliance for Pioneer Square, has begun an effort to improve east-west streets in the heart of Pioneer Square. This project will design and construct improvements on portions of Main, Washington, King and Yesler streets between 2nd Avenue and Alaskan Way.

This effort will connect historic Pioneer Square to the new 20-acre waterfront park, improve accessibility for people of all ages and abilities, and improve the pedestrian experience. We will work to strengthen the renewal of public spaces such as Occidental Park, and we will support the vitality and culture of the district as a whole.

Photo from Main Street looking west towards the waterfront, showing the existing viaduct and a beautiful view of Elliott Bay beyond

Pioneer Square will be better connected to Alaskan Way and the new waterfront park

Photo from Main Street looking west towards the waterfront, showing the existing viaduct and a beautiful view of Elliott Bay beyond

Pioneer Square improvements will provide safe, convenient, graceful pedestrian connections and foster positive city life

PROJECT AREA

PROJECT TIMELINE AND BUDGET

The project kicked off in December 2018, with an initial concept design anticipated in June 2018. Construction is expected to begin in September 2021, following opening of the new Alaskan Way, and be completed by fall 2022. There is a total of $20M in funding for this effort as part of the City's Waterfront Seattle Program.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

In early 2019 we will host community meetings to discuss this information and get feedback on early ideas for improving these streets. We are working with a community sounding board including residents, community leaders, property owners, business owners and others who will help us take public input and shape it into a concept design.

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