To get ready for construction of the new Elliott Bay Seawall this fall, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin early field work this Friday to prepare the area for construction this fall. The majority of early work will conclude ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
This work will include geotechnical investigations, temporary roadway paving between Virginia and Pike streets, utility pole installations, trenching for utility relocations, electric cable installation, wiring and other setting of utilities.
During the first weeks of work, the traveling public can anticipate seeing parking restrictions on Alaskan Way between Pike and Virginia streets, temporary construction signage, removal of existing utility poles, prep work for pavement removal and clearing landscaped areas in the work zone.
This early work is critical to ensure that active seawall construction this fall progresses as efficiently as possible and to keep other necessary construction activities on schedule. The City acknowledges the importance of minimizing construction impacts to the Seattle waterfront, and one of the goals of this early work is to ensure that the most significant, active construction activities in a given area are limited to one construction season. In addition, completing these early activities will allow work to begin in September in the far north end of the project, while parking is maintained under the viaduct until October. Critical utility relocations will be completed with this early work, which will allow some of the most disruptive activities, such as demolition and excavation of the old wall, to progress more efficiently thus minimizing access impacts.
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.