Season Two of Seawall Construction Begins

Marking the beginning of its second season of construction, today the Elliott Bay Seawall Project resumed work along the central waterfront. Scheduled during the tourism off-season to help waterfront businesses, work is now underway between Pike and Madison streets with a planned completion by June 30, 2015. Construction will also continue in the work zone south of Yesler Way.

“We’ve made tremendous progress on seawall construction so far, particularly south of Colman Dock,” said Scott Kubly, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. “We have a lot to accomplish this season, and hope the public and businesses will be patient as we complete this critical work along the central waterfront.”

Throughout construction, many of the waterfront’s favorite attractions will remain open and accessible, including the Great Wheel and many Pier 57 businesses, the Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises and businesses along the east side of Alaskan Way. Access to Waterfront Park and Pier 57 will be maintained at the north end, near the Seattle Aquarium. Some retail businesses at Piers 54, 55 and 56 will temporarily close in order for seawall construction to progress efficiently.

“We’ve been working closely with the City and the other waterfront businesses in preparation for season two,” said Bob Davidson, CEO of the Seattle Aquarium. “We recognize that construction can be disruptive, but we’re ready, we’re open, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the waterfront over the next nine months and beyond.”

As season two of construction begins, waterfront visitors can expect:

  • The existing street parking along the west side of the Alaskan Way Viaduct has been removed to make room for the construction work zone. Visit for more information about parking availability and rates.
  • North/south vehicular traffic will continue as today along Alaskan Way, under the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
  • Ferry terminal access on Alaskan Way will shift one block south, from Spring Street to just south of Madison Street.
  • The multi-use path on either side of the viaduct will remain open for pedestrians and bicyclists, although short-term closures of the path on the west side of the viaduct are expected during the first month of construction.

The Elliott Bay Seawall Project will replace the existing seawall with a structure that meets current safety and design standards. It will be the foundation of the current and future waterfront, supporting and protecting major utilities, including power, regional telecommunications, gas, sewer and water; SR 99; the BNSF railway; as well as the future features of the Waterfront Seattle Program. More information about the construction work can be found here: