Much of our construction is focused at either end of downtown, near what will become the tunnel's north and south portals. Still, there is significant work happening at the surface above and near the tunnel route.
Last updated Sept. 22, 2015
Seattle Tunnel Partners' tunneling machine repair effort is ongoing
Seattle Tunnel Partners and manufacturer Hitachi Zosen are repairing and enhancing Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine. Crews built a 120-foot-deep pit to access the machine. The pit is located between South Jackson and South Main streets, just north of where crews stopped tunneling in December 2013. The machine tunneled into the pit in March 2015. Here's an aerial shot of the pit:
In August 2015, after completing repairs at the surface, Seattle Tunnel Partners and crane crews from Mammoet successfully lowered the repaired sections of the machine to the bottom of the access pit. Crews are now reconnecting the hundreds of wires and hoses that are integral to the tunneling operation. The time-lapse video below shows Bertha's return to the pit. Visit our Follow Bertha page for more information about STP's work to resume tunneling.
Elliott Bay Seawall work is ongoing
The City of Seattle is replacing the Elliott Bay Seawall — from South Washington Street to Broad Street — with a structure that meets current safety and design standards. Visit the project’s website for the latest news about seawall-related construction.
Visiting Pioneer Square or the waterfront? We'll help you find parking
There are a lot of great things to do in the Pioneer Square and waterfront neighborhoods. Since circling the block to find parking isn’t one of them, we launched a parking website to help visitors track down one of thousands of parking spaces within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, attractions and more. The site includes rates, hours and directions to specific lots or garages.