Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project - What to expect during construction

May 2018 construction update: 

People walking and driving onto a ferry in Seattle will have their routine changed this spring and summer as construction heats up on Colman Dock. The indoor waiting area is now for ticketed passengers only and the vehicle entrance (760 kb pdf) moves six blocks south in early summer.

The changes inside and outside of the terminal building allows contractor crews working for Washington State Ferries to replace sections of dock currently used to hold vehicles waiting for ferries, and begin partial demolition of the terminal building. The existing ferry terminal remains open and operational to the public throughout construction.   

Inside: Starting in early May through mid-2019:

  • New waiting area, more turnstiles: Bainbridge Island and Bremerton combined waiting area moves to the southwest corner, with two more standard turnstiles for a total of 10, plus two accessible paddle gates and one manual gate. The new waiting area is designated for ticketed passengers only. Public restrooms will remain available to all.
  • New ticket window location: Ticket sales window and ticket kiosks is relocated closer to the terminal passenger entry doors, across from Puget Sound Provisions. The new location helps maximize space in the terminal by separating people waiting in line to purchase ferry fares from the ticketed-only passenger waiting area.   

There will be no changes to how pedestrians enter or exit the terminal building, and the existing Marion Street pedestrian bridge to First Avenue remains in place until mid-2019.

Tip: Avoid the crowds inside the terminal, plan to arrive five or ten minutes before your sailing

There is much less public waiting space inside the terminal due to ongoing construction. Arriving a few minutes before the ferry departure time helps reduce crowding inside the terminals and ensures those who need to sit down can find a seat. 

  • Check the schedule for departure times before you arrive, and view our ferry alerts to see if your sailing is running late. 

Inside layout of the Seattle ferry terminal at Colman Dock.

The terminal building is smaller as crews rebuild the dock below and the new building itself. This confirguration remains in place from May 2018 through mid-2019.  

Inside layout of Seattle ferry terminal at Colman Dock. This layout shows the building entrance at Alaskan Way. The ticket window is located at the top of the main ramp from Alaskan Way entrance. The waiting area for Bainbridge and Bremerton is in the sou

 

Outside: Our contractor continues to prepare the northwest corner of the ferry terminal building for external demolition this summer or early fall. We're also preparing to build a new entrance to the toll plaza via dedicated drive-on only lanes.

Summer 2018: Changes coming to drive-on entrance only

Seattle multimodal terminal current and Summer 2018 drive-on configuration

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Drivers will enter the new drive-on only lanes from S. Jackson Street and Alaskan Way. This entrance is for vehicles driving onto the ferry only and will replace the current entrance at Madison Street. The new configuration for drive-on customers only starts in early summer 2018, there are no changes to passenger load zones or pedestrian and bicycle entrances. 

The entrance for drivers (including ride-share and for-hire vehicles) dropping off or picking up passengers at the terminal, who are not intending to drive onto the ferry, will continue to enter from Madison Street and exit at Yesler Way. The passenger loading zone remains in front of the main terminal building entrance on Alaskan Way between Madison and Columbia streets. 

What to expect during construction at Colman Dock this summer

During construction, Colman Dock will remain open and operational with the same number of Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailings each day. While the contractor will complete most of the work from barges on the water, space on the dock will be limited because of construction work zones.

  • Pedestrian connections to the Marion Street Bridge and the street remains open throughout construction to ensure access for walk-on passengers and customer safety. All facilities will be ADA-accessible.
  • The passenger-only ferry facility (King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry) is temporarily located on the north side of Colman Dock through fall 2018.
  • Vehicle holding space off the dock is needed, especially on busy weekends and during the summer.
  • Contact us at ColmanDockProject@wsdot.wa.gov or (206) 515-3870 for more information. 

Terminal space is limited during construction through early 2023

March 2018 - Summer 2018 

This graphic shows where construction activities at Colman Dock will occur during spring and summer 2018. Construction occurs on the southern half of the dock as well as inside the terminal building. The southern half of building is open to the public,

Demolition of nearly half of the existing terminal building begins in early March. The terminal building remains open, but it will be much smaller and have fewer amenities. A smaller terminal building allows crews enough room to work as safely and efficiently as possible while we maintain full ferry service. 

The smaller terminal building will maintain:

  • Ticket sales
  • ADA accessible restrooms 
  • Some seating
  • Limited food options
  • Information booth
  • Visual paging services
  • Full ferry service with no cuts to the number of sailings
     

Additional traveler information during this time: 

  • An attendant will be on duty in the terminal to assist people with site or other mobility challenges
  • The terminal will have a dividing rope line down the center to separate waiting areas for Bainbridge Island and Bremerton departures. The dividing rope line will have a lower and upper rope so that people with site-assist canes can locate the divider.
  • Pedestrian connections to Alaskan Way and the Marion Street Bridge remain open
  • No changes to bicycle access
  • Most vendors and all of the restaurants located inside the upper level of the terminal building will close by the end of February 2018 
  • Restaurants located at street level will remain open until summer 2019
  • No changes to vehicle access until summer 2018

Work hours

  • Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.  There will be less construction activity inside the terminal during busy morning and afternoon commute hours. 

Noise and dust - We will work to keep the terminal building free from dust and debris, however this is an active construction zone and it is possible some dust will make its way into the public space.

  • Crews will surround the indoor active construction zones with plywood walls to keep noise and dust to a minimum 
  • Customers may hear light power tools and hammering during the day as crews remove and install turnstiles and engage in construction activity behind the plywood walls 
  • No loud work will occur inside the closed off areas between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Loudest work will occur between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.  
  • Contact us at ColmanDockProject@wsdot.wa.gov or (206) 515-3870 for more information

Daytime construction activity

  • Removing and relocating turnstiles
  • Building temporary ticket window and information booth
  • Demolition work behind the temporary construction zone walls

Nighttime construction activity

  • Erecting plywood walls, demolishing sections of the building, building temporary structures inside the building

This graphic shows where construction activities at Colman Dock occur from summer 2018 to summer 2019. There will be construction on the northern half of the dock as well as on the southwest corner, adjacent to the terminal building. Only the southern sid

Summer 2018 through mid-2019 

Even less terminal space is available. Demolition of the exterior of the terminal building continues. Pile driving occurs on the north side of the dock from August 1, 2018 through mid-February 2019. The passenger-only ferry dock, servicing the King County Water Taxi and the Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry, opens to the public in fall 2018. 

Colman Dock construction areas – Mid-2019 until 2023  This graphic shows where construction activities at Colman Dock will occur from mid-2019 until the project is complete in 2023. Only a small section of the terminal building is available for public use

Mid-2019 until project completion in 2023

The entire former terminal building is demolished. Full ferry service to and from Bainbridge Island and Bremerton continues to operate out of the southern half of the new terminal building. Elevated walkways connect to the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry passenger-only ferry dock and to Alaskan Way and the Marion Street Bridge.