Construction update: Fish window closing but work goes on for our new facility

Construction crews inspect rebar at the future home of the King County Water Taxi.The marine fish window is closing, but work on our future facility – as well as the larger Colman Dock renovation – will continue above the water line throughout this year.

In fall and winter, migrating salmon are less likely to be present in Puget Sound, so construction crews can install piles and do other work in the water. The contractor building our new facility finished installing the pilings that will support it during the window. Any further in-water work will have to wait until the fish window reopens this summer and we can restart construction Aug. 1.

But don’t worry, our future home is on track for completion in the fall.

Crews are busy installing rebar and capping the piles so they can be secured to the trestle and passenger deck (check out the pictures).

Rebar at the future home of the King County Water Taxi with the Seattle skyline in the background.

Seattle ferry terminal work

The Washington State Department of Transportation is moving on to its next phase of construction. It will demolish nearly half of its Seattle ferry terminal between March and summer 2019.

During this work, users—including Water Taxi riders who use the terminal—will notice that the part of the terminal that remains open is smaller, with fewer food and vendor options. Puget Sound Provisions will remain open inside the upper terminal. Street level businesses, including Subway, Waterfront Creamery, and Mama Deluca’s Pizza will remain open until mid-2019.

Users may also hear light power tools and hammering during the day as crews remove and install turnstiles and do other construction work behind plywood walls. Work areas will be clearly marked and cordoned off, but customers should use caution and stay alert while inside the terminal building.

Noisier work will take place in the closed parts of the building between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. through this spring. Exterior demolition of the building will begin early this summer.


Washington State Ferries public outreach

If you’d like to learn more about the state’s work at Colman Dock, WSF will host a series of drop-in outreach sessions inside the Seattle terminal building later this month:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 2 – 6:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5:45 – 9:45 a.m.

For more information, visit the Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project page.

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