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.
- 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
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]