Construction update: Work on Water Taxi’s future home goes vertical

A westward-facing image at King County Water Taxi's future Passenger Only Ferry (POF) facility. With completion of the shelter's structural frame - show being built in this picture - it marks the first time work on the facility has gone vertical.

Move over, waves and swells. You’re not the only thing that’s been seen rising above sea level along the Seattle waterfront in recent weeks.

This month, crews completed construction of the structural framing of our Passenger Only Ferry (POF) facility – marking the first time construction on our future home has gone vertical!

Before that, construction involved installing piles under water and fastening the concrete deck slabs on which the terminal will sit.

Now, crews will begin installation of the future terminal’s roof, then its walls, doors and gates, as well as mechanical and electrical utilities. Exciting stuff!

A westward-facing image at King County Water Taxi's future Passenger Only Ferry (POF) facility. With completion of the shelter's structural frame - show being built in this picture - it marks the first time work on the facility has gone vertical.

In addition to work on the actual structure, the contractor continues work on WSDOT’s larger Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project. Recently, they installed the elevated, pedestrian-only bridge that will connect our future passenger-only home with the state terminal building.

Pictured is the elevated pedestrian bridge that will connect the future Passenger Only Ferry facility with WSDOT's Colman Dock terminal building.

That’s big news for King County Water Taxi riders, who will be able to avoid crossing paths with vehicle traffic to enjoy amenities at Colman Dock when the state project is complete.

King County Water Taxi’s future Passenger Only Facility is scheduled to open in summer 2019. For more information on the Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock project, visit WSDOT’s website.

Pictured is the elevated pedestrian bridge that will connect the future Passenger Only Ferry facility with WSDOT's Colman Dock terminal building.

2 thoughts on “Construction update: Work on Water Taxi’s future home goes vertical

  1. I arrive and depart the downtown dock via Alaska Way, along the waterfront. Will I be able to enter the new facility from the sidewalk, street level?

  2. Hi Claire B – Thank you for the question. The short answer is yes, you’ll be able to enter our future facility at street level. Coming from the north, you’ll need to cross the WSF vehicle entrance on the south side of the Colman Dock terminal building, then take a right into our future facility. Coming from the south, you’ll cross Alaskan Way at S Jackson Street, walk north along the waterfront, then turn left into the new facility.

    Hope that helps. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance, and thank you for riding the Water Taxi!

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