This year will be a big one for King County Water Taxi as we inch closer toward operating out of a new, weather-protected facility on the Seattle waterfront.
But first things first – we need to build it.
Our contractor reached a milestone last month when they installed the final pile under our future passenger-only ferry terminal on the south end of Colman Dock (check out these photos of the work).
While the Washington State Department of Transportation will continue installing piles under other portions of Colman Dock as part of its five-year renovation of the state’s busiest terminal, we can begin preparing the site and building the structure for the passenger-only ferry terminal.
The next steps involve cutting the tops of the piles to the appropriate height and installing falsework. For those unfamiliar with construction, “falsework” refers to a temporary structure that, in this case, will support the trestle and deck. It also provides a surface for workers and equipment.
We are still on track to complete our future home by fall 2018. When finished, the 5,000-square-foot facility will feature:
- Covered queuing areas
- Ticket vending machines
- Customer information systems
- Accessibility improvements
- Direct access to the Colman Dock terminal via an elevated pedestrian walkway
We hope our riders are as excited as we are about the passenger-only ferry facility, and we thank you all for your patience.