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: 6/08/2018

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.

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.

 

VARIOUS STREETS

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.

Utility construction in Pioneer Square: What to expect the week of June 17

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

  • No active construction is scheduled for this location. However, you can expect to see staging of equipment as well as truck and heavy equipment activity.

 

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

  • Crews will continue construction of a concrete vault for a new water main valve at S Main St
  • Seattle Public Utilities customer service representatives will begin contacting building owners and managers to prepare for transferring their water service from the temporary water main to the new permanent main and to notify them of a long water service shutdown
  • 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

  • Seattle Public Utilities customer service representatives will begin contacting building owners and managers to prepare for transferring their water service from the temporary water main to the new permanent main and to notify them of a long water service shutdown
  • 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 pavement breaking and excavating in preparation for installation of temporary water services to customers
  • Seattle Public Utilities customer service representatives will be contacting building owners and managers to prepare for installation of temporary water services and to notify them of a long water service shutdown
  • 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 pavement breaking and excavating in preparation for installation of temporary water services to customers
  • Seattle Public Utilities customer service representatives will be contacting building owners and managers to prepare for installation of temporary water services and to notify them of a long water service shutdown
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

Ongoing impacts

  • Intermittent lane closures on S Main St and S Washington St for water main and drainage construction
  • Parking removal along both sides of 1st Ave S between S Jackson St and Marion St
  • Long-term temporary parking and load zone restrictions:
    • On the north and south sides of S Main St just east of 1st Ave S
    • 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
  • Typical construction impacts such as increased dust, noise, vibration, and truck activity

 

Construction hours

  • Typical construction hours are 7 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Saturday. Construction-related noise may be heard as early as 6:30 AM as crews refuel equipment and begin staging for the day.
  • Occasional night and weekend work

 

PERMANENT REMOVAL OF PARKING

You may have noticed parking has been permanently removed along both sides of 1st Ave S between S Jackson St and Yesler Way. This is to allow space for dedicated streetcar lanes, while also accommodating walking, biking, deliveries, and through traffic.

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.

 

Other nearby work

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

The Seattle Department of Transportation is repairing an underground areaway adjacent to the Colman Building on the west side of 1st Ave near Marion St. 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 anticipated to last approximately 3 months
  • Typical construction hours are 7 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday
  • 24/7 temporary closure of the western lane of southbound 1st Ave from Marion St to mid-block of 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

 

WORK BY PUGET SOUND ENERGY

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is working to install 520 feet of intermediate pressure (IP) natural gas pipeline along Columbia St, between 1st Ave and the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Permitted work hours are 9 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

Construction activities include:

  • Excavation, jack hammering, open trenching, and installation and testing of new pipe
  • Typical noise from trucks and machinery; efforts will be taken to minimize the impact and duration
  • Impacts to traffic during construction. Traffic control personnel, including flaggers and uniformed police officers, will be on site at all times to direct vehicles and pedestrians safely through work zones.
  • Crews will place steel plating over excavations to enable roadway traffic outside of construction hours
  • When the work is complete, restoration efforts will include backfilling the trench and paving the impacted roadway

The new pipeline will ensure a safe and reliable natural gas supply to support decommissioning of the Alaska Way Viaduct.

Please subscribe here to receive weekly construction updates from PSE about the natural gas pipeline project.

Visit: www.pse.com/seattlecore or call the PSE hotline at 1-888-404-8773 for more information.

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.


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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]