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.

Please check back regularly for updates, and be sure to sign up for our email updates.

Last updated: 10/19/2018

Status Updates

August 31, 2018

Following Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s order of an independent review of the Seattle Streetcar, the City of Seattle released an initial summary of findings for full transparency and accountability of anticipated capital costs as well as historical, current and future operating costs. Read the complete press release here.

 

July 24, 2018

The City provides an update on the progress of the independent review of the Center City Connector. Read the complete press release here.

 

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. Read the complete press release here.

 

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.

Utility construction in Pioneer Square: What to expect the week of October 21

Crews continue to remove supplies and equipment as work starts to wrap up. While we have a few weeks of work remaining, the majority of 2018 construction is complete, and crews will continue consolidating their footprint in Pioneer Square.

 

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

  • Crews will begin final lane striping and roadway markings
  • 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 begin final lane striping and roadway markings and continue demobilizing project equipment, fencing, and supplies on both sides of 1st Ave S between S Main St and S Washington St
  • 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 plan to pave on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26. This work is weather dependent and may extend into the following week. It will require intermittent lane and crosswalk closures at the 1st Ave and Yesler Way intersection. Detours will be signed, and Uniformed Police Officers (UPOs) will assist traffic through the intersection.
  • Once paving is complete, crews will begin final lane striping and roadway markings
  • Crews may repair a storm drainage structure and sewer lines
  • Crews will continue demobilizing project equipment, fencing, and supplies on both sides of 1st Ave S between S Washington St and Yesler Way
  • 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 continue grading and plan to pave on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26. This work is weather dependent and may extend into the following week. It will require intermittent lane and crosswalk closures at the 1st Ave and Cherry St intersection. Detours will be signed, and Uniformed Police Officers (UPOs) will assist traffic through the intersection.
  • Once paving is complete, crews will begin final lane striping and roadway markings
  • Crews will continue installing storm drainage and demobilizing project equipment, fencing, and supplies on both sides of 1st Ave between Yesler Way and Cherry St and in Pioneer Park
  • 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 grading and plan to pave on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26. This work is weather dependent and may extend into the following week. It will require intermittent lane and crosswalk closures at the 1st Ave and Cherry St intersection. Detours will be signed, and Uniformed Police Officers (UPOs) will assist traffic through the intersection.
  • Once paving is complete, crews will begin final lane striping and roadway markings
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

S MAIN ST BETWEEN ALASKAN WAY AND 1ST AVE S

  • Crews will continue consolidating and removing equipment and materials

 

YESLER WAY BETWEEN 2ND AVE S AND OCCIDENTAL AVE S

  • Crews plan to grade and pave a small area near the intersection of 2nd Ave and Yesler Way on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26. This work is weather dependent and may extend into the following week. It will require a short-term closure of the bike lane on the north side of Yesler Way.

 

JAMES ST BETWEEN YESLER WAY AND 2ND AVE

  • Crews will continue consolidating and removing equipment and materials

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.
  • Occasional weekend work

Ongoing traffic lane restrictions, street closures, and other impacts

  • 1st Ave will be reopened to traffic before the Alaskan Way Viaduct is permanently closed to transition traffic into the new tunnel
  • Temporary closures of southbound 1st Ave between Cherry St and S Washington St will occur intermittently
  • Northbound 1st Ave lane closures:
    • Northbound 1st Ave is closed between S Washington St and Columbia St 24 hours per day. This long-term closure is accompanied by a southbound curb lane closure between Columbia St and S Washington St.
  • Intermittent lane closures on Cherry St for drainage construction and roadway restoration
  • Construction staging will remain on the north side of S Main St, west of 1st Ave S, and on the south side of James St, between Yesler Way and 2nd Ave
  • Parking removal along both sides of 1st Ave between S Washington St and Columbia 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
  • Expect typical construction impacts such as increased dust, noise, vibration, and truck activity

Other nearby work

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

Areaway repair work began August 6 on the north side of Columbia St between 1st Ave and Post Ave. This work consists of filling the areaway under the sidewalk with lightweight concrete fill, reconstructing 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 later this month

Pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle access:

  • Access to businesses will be maintained
  • No vehicular access to Columbia between 1st Ave and Post Ave
  • SR 99 on-ramp will remain open and accessible
  • Any pedestrian, bicycle, 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]