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.

 

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.

Update on long-term lane closures in Pioneer Square area

END OF MAY: WESTBOUND S JACKSON ST OPEN TO TRAFFIC

By the end of May, we expect to reopen traffic lanes on westbound S Jackson St between 2nd Ave S and 1st Ave S. We’ll provide more information on this webpage or in our weekly update as we know more.

 

MID-JUNE: NORTHBOUND 1ST AVE S OPEN TO TRAFFIC

We anticipate northbound 1st Ave S between S Jackson St and S Washington St reopening to traffic in mid-June. We’ll provide more information on this webpage or in our weekly update as we know more.

 

Utility locating work to begin along 1st Ave between Yesler Way and Marion St

POTHOLING TO CONFIRM UTILITY LOCATIONS

Starting as soon as April 25, crews will begin potholing to confirm utility locations between Yesler Way and Marion St. This work will require sawcutting and roadway excavations in multiple locations. Work will likely begin in the south and move north. Once utility locating work is complete, crews will begin installing the temporary water main.

We’ll share more information on this webpage or in our weekly update as work approaches.

 

Reminder: Temporary water shutdown next week

NIGHTTIME WATER SHUTDOWN TO OCCUR MONDAY, APRIL 23

Some customers in Pioneer Square will experience an 8- to 10-hour nighttime water shutdown the evening of Monday, April 23, from 9 PM to 5 AM, as crews work to install a new water main.

The shutdown will impact some customers on S Jackson St from Alaskan Way S to Occidental Ave S.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provided 5 days advance notice of the shutdown to building managers. If you’re unsure of whether this water shutdown will affect your building, please contact your building manager 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-hr Operations Response Center at (206) 386-1800. Calling SPU is the best way for customers to report a water issue and have it addressed.

We’ll continue to share the latest information on this webpage or in our weekly update. You can also check out our water shutdown FAQs for more details about water shutdowns. Information about future water shutdowns will be shared as they are scheduled.

 

Utility construction in Pioneer Square: What to expect the week of April 22

 1ST AVE S FROM S KING ST TO S JACKSON ST

  • Crews will continue installing storm drain pipes. This work requires pavement breaking and vacuum excavation.
  • Expect a northbound closure along 1st Ave S between S King and S Jackson streets for approximately 1 week
  • Expect construction impacts such as increased noise, vibration, dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

S JACKSON ST FROM OCCIDENTAL AVE S TO 1ST AVE S

  • Crews will be working Monday, April 23, from 8 PM to 5 AM, to complete the connection to the new 20″ water main on S Jackson St
  • Crews will begin making final water service connections to the new water main. This work will be done at times scheduled with building managers. These connections are typically made at night between 8 PM and 4 AM.
  • Crews will continue installing storm drainage. This work requires pavement breaking and vacuum excavation.
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

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

  • Crews will continue installing storm drainage. This work requires pavement breaking and vacuum excavation.
  • Crews will begin making final water service connections to the new water main. This work will be done at times scheduled with building managers. These connections are typically made at night between 8 PM and 4 AM.
  • 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 continue installing a side water main. This work requires pavement breaking and vacuum excavation.
  • Crews will continue installing water service connections. This work requires pavement breaking and excavation.
  • 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 continue installing water service connections. This work requires pavement breaking and vacuum excavation.
  • Expect noise and vibration, as well as typical construction impacts such as increased dust, truck activity, and exhaust

 

1ST AVE S FROM YESLER WAY TO CHERRY ST

  • Crews will begin survey and layout to locate utilities. This work requires sawcutting.
  • The week of April 22, expect a northbound lane closure along 1st Ave between Yesler Way and Cherry St. One lane of through traffic is expected to be maintained.
  • Starting Monday, April 30, from 7 AM to 3 PM, crews will close both northbound lanes along 1st Ave between Yesler Way and Cherry St. Detour signs will be posted.

 

 

Ongoing impacts

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 nighttime work

 

INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES

  • Temporary closure of southbound 1st Ave S between Yesler Way and S Main St weekdays, 9:30 AM – 3 PM
  • Intermittent lane closures on S Jackson St, S Main St, and S Washington St for water main and drainage construction

 

LANE CLOSURES ON 1ST AVE S AND ON S JACKSON ST

Northbound lanes on 1st Ave S are closed between S Jackson St and Yesler Way while we relocate and replace utilities. Closing both northbound lanes allows space for crews to perform the work safely and efficiently. This also protects the London Plane trees in the center median. We’ll keep intersections and a southbound lane open during the day, with intermittent closures at night and on weekends. Northbound 1st Ave S is detoured at S Jackson St.

  • A signed detour routes those who turn west from 1st Ave S onto S Jackson St to Alaskan Way S, reconnecting with 1st Ave at Yesler Way
  • A signed detour routes those who turn east from 1st Ave S to 4th Ave S

We’ve also closed the westbound lane on S Jackson St from 2nd Ave S to 1st Ave S. Local access is available by way of Occidental Ave S. S Jackson St is detoured at 2nd Ave S.

The First Hill Streetcar’s stop at Occidental Mall will remain open during this work.

 

TEMPORARY PARKING AND LOAD ZONE RESTRICTIONS

Temporary No Parking signs are in place at the following locations:

  • On the north side of S Jackson St between Post Alley and 1st Ave S
  • On the south side 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

 

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

WORK BY PUGET SOUND ENERGY ALONG 1ST AVE BETWEEN CHERRY AND COLUMBIA STREETS

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is working to connect a new natural gas main to the existing system along 1st Ave. Work includes:

  • Paving at 1st Ave and Columbia St
  • Laying pipe, backfilling, and paving along 1st Ave between Cherry St and Yesler Way, requiring a short detour to 2nd Ave for southbound traffic
  • Relocating the service regulator vault on the east side of 1st Ave, between Cherry and Columbia. This work will be finished the week of April 30.

For work hours and days, please refer to PSE’s project website.

To learn more about the PSE work, visit: www.pse.com/seattlecore or call the PSE hotline at 1-888-404-8773, ext. 1.

Contact us:

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

CENTER CITY CONNECTOR

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Center City Connector September Drop-In Session

  Mark your calendar for our September 12 drop-in session about the Center City Connector Streetcar utility construction starting in Pioneer Square this fall. Tuesday, September 12 3:30 – 6:30 PM (drop in any time) The Ninety 406 Occidental Ave S At the drop-in, you’ll learn about: How this project will link the South Lake Union and […]

Center City Connector Project History

Project Development and Funding The City of Seattle included the Center City Connector project in its 2012 Transit Master Plan to improve north-south travel through downtown. In June 2014, the Seattle City Council approved the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Center City Connector via Resolution 31526 and in July 2014, the Federal Transit Administration approved the […]

 

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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]