Seawall Construction Resumes on the Central Waterfront October 6; Waterfront will be Open and Accessible

Work will take place along Alaskan Way between University Street and Yesler Way


After pausing work for the summer, the Seawall Project will resume construction on the central waterfront between University and Madison streets on October 6. Work will continue adjacent to Colman Dock between Madison Street and Yesler Way. Construction in these areas is expected to be complete in 2016.

Access to most businesses and attractions will be maintained from the multi-use path on the west side of the viaduct and via short bridges across the construction zone. Access points will be well marked and flaggers will be on site to assist as necessary. The Seattle Aquarium, the Great Wheel and other businesses on Pier 57, Argosy Cruises, Red Robin, Elliott’s, and Ivar’s will remain open throughout construction. A few businesses on piers 56 and 55 may not have access for a limited duration.

As construction resumes, waterfront visitors can expect:

  • Businesses access from the multi-use path across the construction zone. Please follow the direction of flaggers and signage to access your destination.
  • Daytime and nighttime construction seven days per week.
  • On-street parking between the Seattle Aquarium and Pier 57 will remain in place. For additional parking, visit for more information about parking availability and rates.
  • Construction of the portion of the seawall between Pike and Virginia streets has been deferred until fall 2016.

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.