Beginning overnight on Monday, Jan. 6, traffic along the existing Alaskan Way will shift beneath the viaduct between Madison and Pike streets. By the morning commute on Tuesday, Jan. 7, traffic will use the new, temporary road that has been under construction since mid-November 2013, and is an extension of the roadway currently under the viaduct south of Madison Street.
This traffic revision marks an important, early construction milestone of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project. Moving traffic off of Alaskan Way and under the viaduct will allow work to begin on the aging seawall along the water.
Following this traffic shift, travelers can expect:
- The new roadway will have one vehicle travel lane in each direction with a protected center turn lane.
- Vehicle and pedestrian access to and through the waterfront will remain open and will be clearly marked.
- Vehicle access to Colman Dock ferry queuing will move from Madison Street to Spring Street (one block north of existing queue).
- Pedestrian and bicycle access to Colman Dock will remain the same.
To help off-set the loss of parking under the viaduct, on-street parking will be created along the waterfront, along today’s Alaskan Way, in areas where active work is not occurring. The Seattle Department of Transportation also encourages drivers and travelers going to the waterfront to visit downtownseattleparking.com for information on fast, accessible and reasonably priced parking.
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.