Center City Connector Construction Updates

 

Center City Connector Utility Construction is Underway!

Welcome to the Center City Connector Construction page! This is where you’ll find up-to-date information on construction impacts, schedules, upcoming lane/intersection closures, and more.

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Last updated: 8/17/2018

Status Updates

June 29, 2018

The Mayor wants a thorough and thoughtful analysis that addresses a range of questions related to the costs of this project. KPMG, which was retained to do the independent review of the Center City Connector Streetcar, has not completed the final report but verbally briefed Mayor Durkan on initial findings on June 19. As part of the briefing, the Mayor asked for a further analysis on technical assumptions, ridership projections, operations and capital costs, and funding options, as well as more detailed information regarding additional alternatives for providing transit connections moving forward.

In addition, she asked for a final technical review by City departments including the City Budget Office, SDOT, Seattle Public Utilities, and Seattle City Light to verify updated ridership projections, material costs and labor, utility relocations and project timelines for a series of options to ensure the final report is accurate for taxpayers. With this additional analysis, KPMG will deliver a final report to the Mayor and Council. It is expected that the work can be completed in the coming weeks that will outline operating and capital costs as well as funding risks for both the utility and streetcar work.

 

March 30, 2018

On March 30, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan directed the City of Seattle to halt the ongoing projects related to the Center City Connector Streetcar, except for work on seismically vulnerable water mains, pending an independent review. While conducting a preliminary assessment, it was discovered that the proposed project could face a significant capital shortfall. As a result, the City also has initiated an independent investigation of the project’s management to date.

“The City of Seattle has a critical obligation to spend taxpayer dollars wisely and an equal obligation to transparency,” said Mayor Durkan. “There are too many questions about the true costs of this project and the risks to taxpayers, which is why we must put the brakes on this project. As your new Mayor, I will continue to scrub our budgets and act to protect taxpayers.”

Withdrawal: State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) comment period

The Seattle Department of Transportation recently issued a SEPA determination of non-significance (DNS) for the South Lake Union Streetcar Operation and Maintenance Facility Expansion. SDOT determined that the project would not have significant adverse impacts on the environment after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the lead agency. However, following a decision by the City of Seattle to halt project activities, SDOT has decided to withdraw the DNS until further notice. If the project resumes a new notice and comment period will be provided.

Crews working this weekend

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 7 AM – 12 PM

Crews will be working this weekend along 1st Ave between Yesler Way and Columbia St. Work hours are from 7 AM to 12 PM. Crews will be taking water samples in preparation for the August 26 water shutdown. As crews complete this work, please expect typical construction impacts such as increased equipment activity.

Upcoming water shutdown

5 PM, SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 – 7 AM, MONDAY, AUGUST 27

A long water shutdown, to hook up portions of the new water main, is scheduled from 5 PM, Sunday, August 26, to 7 AM, Monday, August 27. Customers located on the following streets will be impacted:

  • 1st Ave S from S Washington St to S Yesler Way
  • 1st Ave from Yesler Way to Columbia St
  • Yesler Way from 2nd Ave to Alaskan Way
  • Cherry St from 1st Ave to 2nd Ave

Please note: Shutdown times have been coordinated in advance with building managers and representatives who were asked to share the shutdown information with their tenants. If you’re unsure of whether a water shutdown will occur in your building, please contact your property owner or their representative.

What to expect during the shutdown: There will be nighttime construction noise near the work zone (see impacted streets above). Noisy work includes excavation with vacuum trucks and pipe cutting with power saws, and you can also expect typical construction impacts such as increased vibration, dust, truck activity, and exhaust.

What to expect after the shutdown: When you turn your water on for the first time after the shutdown, you may notice that it’s temporarily discolored. If this happens, run the cold water for a few minutes. If the water doesn’t clear, let it sit for 1 to 2 hours and run it again.

If the discoloration doesn’t go away or you experience other problems with your water service, please call SPU’s 24-hour Operations Response Center at (206) 386-1800. Calling SPU is the best way for customers to report a water issue and have it addressed.

Utility construction in Pioneer Square: What to expect the week of August 19

In the next few weeks, because we’ll be completing our work, you’ll be seeing less clutter in the area as crews begin removing supplies and equipment.

 

1ST AVE S FROM S JACKSON ST TO S MAIN ST

  • Crews will begin restoring the landscaping in the traffic median between S Jackson St and Yesler Way. This work will begin as soon as August 21 in the S Jackson St to S Main St block of 1st Ave S. This work may require temporary parking restrictions.
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

1ST AVE S FROM S MAIN ST TO S WASHINGTON ST

  • Crews will be performing maintenance activities in the existing sewer main. This work requires a temporary sewer bypass with a pump and generator operating 24 hours a day for up to one week. The bypass operation will begin as soon as August 22 in the Yesler Way to Cherry St block of 1st Ave. Work will occur on a block-by-block basis, starting north and working south. Crews will mitigate noise with barriers around the generator and pump. When crews are working in the S Main St to S Washington St block, equipment will be delineated on 1st Ave S at S Washington St. There is a possibility of odor in this area.
  • Crews will begin restoring the landscaping in the traffic median between S Jackson St and Yesler Way. This work will begin as soon as August 21 in the S Jackson St to S Main St block of 1st Ave S. This work may require temporary parking restrictions.
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

1ST AVE S FROM S WASHINGTON ST TO YESLER WAY

  • Crews will be performing maintenance activities in the existing sewer main. This work requires a temporary sewer bypass with a pump and generator operating 24 hours a day for up to one week. The bypass operation will begin as soon as August 22 in the Yesler Way to Cherry St block of 1st Ave. Work will occur on a block-by-block basis, starting north and working south. Crews will mitigate noise with barriers around the generator and pump. When crews are working in the S Washington St to Yesler Way block, equipment will be delineated on 1st Ave S at Yesler Way. There is a possibility of odor in this area.
  • Crews will begin restoring the landscaping in the traffic median between S Jackson St and Yesler Way. This work will begin as soon as August 21 in the S Jackson St to S Main St block of 1st Ave S. This work may require temporary parking restrictions.
  • Crews plan to install storm drainage on the west side of 1st Ave at the intersection of Yesler Way. While crews are working, southbound 1st Ave will be closed between Yesler Way and S Washington St from 7 AM to 3 PM.
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

1ST AVE FROM YESLER WAY TO CHERRY ST

  • Crews will be performing maintenance activities in the existing sewer main. This work requires a temporary sewer bypass with a pump and generator operating 24 hours a day for up to one week. The bypass operation will begin as soon as August 22 in the Yesler Way to Cherry St block of 1st Ave. Work will occur on a block-by-block basis, starting north and working south. Crews will mitigate noise with barriers around the generator and pump. When crews are working in the Yesler Way to Cherry St block, equipment will be delineated on 1st Ave S at Cherry St. There is a possibility of odor in this area.
  • Crews will continue selective pavement and sidewalk breaking and excavating as they work to install new water services along 1st Ave and along Cherry St
  • Crews will intermittently work on the west side of 1st Ave between Cherry St and Yesler Way. This work requires southbound lane closures between Cherry St and Yesler Way between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM. Access to the Diamond Parking lot will be available from Post Ave during any closure.
  • Crews will continue working at the north end of Pioneer Square Park to renew water services. This work requires a partial closure of the park and a pedestrian detour in order to install pipe from 2 buildings to the water main on 1st Ave. This work will continue through mid-September.
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

1ST AVE FROM CHERRY ST TO COLUMBIA ST

  • Crews will continue selective pavement and sidewalk breaking and excavating as they work to install new water services along 1st Ave
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

On-street parking spots continue to open

Parking has been restored along 1st Ave between S Jackson and S Washington streets. The restored parking includes restrictions during morning and afternoon commute times. As noted on the signs, parking and stopping are not allowed from 6 to 9 AM and 3 to 7 PM.

We’ll continue to consult with the Alliance for Pioneer Square and local businesses on parking plans. The return of on-street parking is temporary while the Center City Connector Streetcar status is being decided. Also, later this summer crews will temporarily remove parking in some locations to restore portions of the median.

Construction hours

  • Typical construction hours are 7 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday. Construction-related noise may be heard as early as 6:30 AM as crews refuel equipment and begin staging for the day. In August, please expect extended work hours of 7 AM to 7 PM. These extended work hours are necessary for us to complete our work.
  • Occasional night and weekend work

Ongoing traffic lane restrictions, street closures, and other impacts

  • Temporary closures of southbound 1st Ave between Cherry St and S Jackson St will occur intermittently for the rest of summer
  • Northbound 1st Ave lane closures:
    • Northbound 1st Ave S between S Washington St and Yesler Way will remain closed until installation of the new water main and drainage is complete at the 1st Ave and Yesler Way intersection in September
    • Northbound 1st Ave is closed between Yesler Way and Columbia St 24 hours per day. This long-term closure is accompanied by a southbound curb lane closure between Columbia St and Yesler Way.
  • Intermittent lane closures on Cherry St for water main and drainage construction
  • Construction staging will remain on the north side of S Main St, west of 1st Ave S, with an additional staging area located on the south side of James St, between Yesler Way and 2nd Ave
  • Some parking removal along both sides of 1st Ave between S Washington St and Marion St
    • We’re committed to helping people park efficiently. This project includes funding for DowntownSeattleParking.com, a program that makes it easy to find parking availability, rates (some as low as $3/hour), and directions allowing downtown visitors to park in a garage and get to their destination easily on the streetcar.
  • Temporary load zone restrictions:
    • In the yellow-striped load zone on the north side of S Washington St just east of 1st Ave S
    • In the red-striped no parking zone on the north side of S Washington St just west of 1st Ave S
  • Expect typical construction impacts such as increased dust, noise, vibration, and truck activity

Other nearby work

STEAM LINE SHUTOFF

Starting as soon as August 22, Enwave will shut off the steam line along 1st Ave S between S Main St and S Washington St to accommodate work in the sewer maintenance holes. Enwave will notify impacted customers. For questions about this work, please contact Andy Weyer at 206-623-6366.

 

AREAWAY REPAIR ON THE WEST SIDE OF 1ST AVE BETWEEN COLUMBIA AND MARION STREETS

SDOT is repairing an underground areaway adjacent to the Colman Building on the west side of 1st Ave near Marion St. The contractor is nearly finished with this work, and the southbound curb lane will re-open to traffic. Areaways are cavities that were created when the grade level of the street was changed, and typically sidewalks are over the areaways. The areaway foundation walls have deteriorated over time and need repair to prevent them from failing.

Anticipated construction impacts include:

  • This work, which began on May 29, is largely complete
  • Typical construction hours are 7 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday
  • 24/7 temporary half-block closure of the western lane of southbound 1st Ave between Marion St and Columbia St for the duration of the areaway repair
  • Temporary sidewalk impacts at the southwest corner of 1st Ave and Marion St
  • The width of the sidewalk from the UPS store to the north end of the Starbucks Coffee shop will be temporarily reduced for the duration of this construction
  • Increased dust, noise, vibration and truck activity
  • Access to businesses will be maintained at all times

 

AREAWAY REPAIR ON THE NORTH SIDE OF COLUMBIA ST BETWEEN 1ST AND POST AVENUES

Areaway repair work began August 6 on the north side Columbia St between 1st and Post avenues. This work consists of filling the areaway under the sidewalk with lightweight concrete fill, replacing the sidewalk above, and improving entryways to businesses on Columbia St.

Schedule and hours:

  • Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Some work may occur at night and/or on weekends to ensure a safe work zone. Advance notification will be provided.
  • The project is planned to be complete in September

Pedestrian and vehicle access:

  • Access to businesses will be maintained
  • No vehicular access to Columbia between 1st and Post avenues
  • SR 99 on-ramp will remain open and accessible
  • Any pedestrian and vehicular detours will be clearly posted in work zone

Equipment and noise:

  • Expect construction equipment and vehicles moving in and out of the work zone
  • Construction trucks and equipment may be noisy, with the most significant noise coming from breaking and removing concrete

Contact us:

[email protected] or our 24-hour hotline: (206) 400-7578.

CENTER CITY CONNECTOR

Construction workers working on utilities

Street and Right of Way Improvements:

  • Improved water, sewer, drainage, electrical, and natural gas services.
  • Improvements to all-way scramble intersections at Pike, University, and Cherry streets will designate pedestrian crossings more clearly.
  • Improvements at all intersections and corners will enhance the pedestrian experience and ensure ADA access.
  • The new streetcar will run every 5 minutes at peak times and will connect more people to 1st Ave to live, work, shop, and play.

What to expect during construction

Center City Connector Streetcar construction will be completed in phases between late 2017 and 2020. We’ll start construction in Pioneer Square, then gradually move north. Here’s what you can expect during the first phase of construction:


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Parking and load zone changes

The streetcar will have dedicated lanes on 1st Ave so it can run reliably every 5 minutes at peak times. To allow space for the dedicated lanes – while also balancing other modes like walking, biking, deliveries, and through-traffic – most on-street parking along the route will be removed.

  • We’ve been working closely with businesses and residential buildings to replace load zones 1 for 1 within a block of their existing locations. We’ll start adding the new load zones in mid- to late September on side streets off 1st Ave.

We’re committed to helping people park efficiently. This project includes funding for DowntownSeattleParking.com, a program that makes it easy to find parking availability, rates (some as low as $3/hour), and directions allowing downtown visitors to park in a garage and get to their destination easily on the streetcar.

 


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Planned water shutdowns

Before we can begin the streetcar track work, the existing water main must be relocated and replaced along the route. Water shutdowns will be required as we install temporary and new water mains and connect customers to them. During the first phase of utility construction, planned water shutdowns will affect businesses and residences on 1st Ave and on side streets from about S King St to Madison St.

  • The timing, number, and duration of water shutdowns will vary by location. We’ll continue to share updates on this webpage, and Seattle Public Utilities will contact building managers and businesses to coordinate timing in advance.
  • Check out our FAQs and expected water shutdown map for phase 1 (south of Madison St) at this this link
  • Check out our FAQs and expected water shutdown map for phase 2 (north of Madison St) at this this link


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Street closures and detours

During Pioneer Square utility construction, northbound lanes of 1st Ave between S Jackson and Yesler Way will be closed to traffic. This is to allow for space to preserve the London Plane trees in the center median. There will be intermittent northbound local access as crews move work zones and complete sections.

  • Any intersection closures will be planned for nights and weekends
  • Sidewalks will remain open during construction

How will businesses be supported during this work?

We’re committed to working closely with impacted businesses and residents during construction:

  • Crews will maintain business access throughout construction
  • Creative signage will help direct customers to businesses
  • The Small Business Development team at the Office of Economic Development has business consulting services available to support small businesses along the route
  • We’ll keep neighbors informed through email updates, flyering, signage, a 24-hour hotline and more

 

Center City Connector 24/7 Construction hotline: (206) 400-7578
Email: [email protected]