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.
Updates on traffic lane and street closures
- Temporary closures of southbound 1st Ave S between Yesler Way and S Main St will occur intermittently for the rest of summer
- Northbound 1st Ave lane closures:
- We expect northbound 1st Ave S between S Jackson St and S Washington St to reopen to traffic in July
- The extended duration of northbound 1st Ave S closures between S Jackson St and S Washington St is due to unexpected utility conflicts encountered at S Main St. We thank you for your patience as we complete this work.
- Northbound 1st Ave S between S Washington St and Yesler Way will remain closed until installation of the new water main is complete at the 1st Ave and Yesler Way intersection this fall
- Starting the week of June 24, northbound 1st Ave will be closed between Yesler Way and Columbia St 24 hours per day. This long-term closure will be accompanied by a southbound curb lane closure between Columbia St and Yesler Way.
- Construction staging will remain on the north side of S Main St, west of 1st Ave S, and an additional staging area will be located on the south side of James St, between Yesler Way and 2nd Ave
Multiple upcoming water shutdowns
YESLER WAY TO COLUMBIA ST
The week of June 17, some customers on 1st Ave between Yesler Way and Columbia St will experience their first water shutdown as a part of the project’s water main replacement work.
During these shutdowns, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will transfer the water service (the pipe that connects the building’s plumbing to the water system) from the existing water main to the temporary water main. These service transfers may last 2 to 4 hours and impact one or two buildings at a time.
MAIN ST TO YESLER WAY
The week of June 24, some customers on 1st Ave S between S Main St and Yesler Way will have their water service transferred from the temporary water main to the new permanent main. These service transfers may last 2 to 4 hours and impact one or two buildings at a time.
S KING ST TO MAIN ST
A water shut down has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 23, to hook up a portion of the new water main. This shutdown includes customers located on 1st Ave S between S King and S Main streets and will last 2 to 3 hours.
A water shut down has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 24, to decommission sections of the existing water main and side mains. This shutdown is expected to last 10 to 12 hours and impact multiple buildings in the following locations:
- 1st Ave between Columbia and S Main streets
- Cherry St between 1st and 2nd avenues
- Yesler Way between Alaskan Way and 3rd Ave
Please note: Shutdown times will be coordinated in advance with building managers and representatives, who will be 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 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.
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.
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]