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Changes to Colman Dock as terminal demolition begins

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 11:32

Broch Bender, WSF communications, 206-305-5516

No change to the number of sailings as ferries service continues  

SEATTLE – Ferry riders feel the squeeze as work to replace the state’s seismically-vulnerable Colman Dock expands into the next phase of construction. Partial demolition of the 50-year-old terminal building begins this week and lasts through summer 2019. The terminal building will remain open, but it will be smaller with fewer food options.

This phase of construction allows contractor crews working for Washington State Ferries the space they need to continue to build the new facility while we keep the existing ferry terminal open and operational for the public.

“This demolition work brings us one step closer toward building a newer, safer flagship ferry terminal for the millions of people who rely on it,” said WSF head Amy Scarton. “We appreciate everyone’s patience.”

For safety, and to help contain dust, plywood walls will separate the public from construction activities. Customers in the terminal may see and hear workers and construction equipment during the day, however the noisiest indoor demolition and construction is scheduled for nighttime hours. 

What to expect through mid-2019
The terminal building will have much less public space (pdf 440 kb). Seating areas, ticket sales, and restrooms will still be available. There will be no change to the way pedestrians enter or exit the terminal building, and the Marion Street pedestrian bridge to First Avenue remains open.

Customers should expect the following changes inside the building:

  • One waiting area for both destinations: Bainbridge Island and Bremerton waiting areas combine into one location, with a single set of turnstiles.
  • New layout: Ticket window and information booth move to new locations.
  • Food options: Snacks and coffee will remain available in the upper main terminal. Street level restaurants also will remain open until mid-2019.

Summertime changes for people who drive and ride bikes
While there are no shifts to vehicle or bicycle access now, changes are coming this summer as construction to replace sections of dock, currently used to hold vehicles waiting for the ferry, continues and other projects ramp up along the Seattle waterfront.

Colman Dock is Washington State’s largest ferry terminal and supports transportation across Puget Sound between downtown Seattle and communities in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. More than 9 million people use the terminal each year, but it is aging, and vulnerable to earthquake damage. Construction to replace the terminal began in August 2017 and will continue until 2023.

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 24 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter.

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