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

October construction update

NEW: Temporary weekend sailing schedule due to construction on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. 

From the first sailing on Saturday, Oct. 20 until the last sailing on Sunday, Oct. 21, all Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailings will share a single open slip. In order to prevent more than one ferry from arriving or departing the single slip at the same time, vessels will operate slower, and departure times will shift between five and 30 minutes on most sailings. Download the temporary weekend sailing schedule flyer (PDF 475 kb)

Colman Dock Sailing Schedules

Tips to prepare for Oct. 20-21 sailing schedule changes

  • Plan ahead: Sailing departure times are different for Seattle/Bremerton and Seattle/Bainbridge Island. 
  • Expect longer crossings: Sailings into Seattle may take longer when the single available slip at Colman Dock is occupied. 
  • Get real-time status of your ferry's location: Check VesselWatch before you head out.
  • Arrive early in Seattle: There is much less room on the dock for vehicle holding. Drivers departing Colman Dock sould plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your sailing. Walk-on customers should plan to be inside the passenger terminal building 15 minutes before departure time.

Slips 1 and 2 closed for construction on Oct. 20-21

Colman Dock Stage 2 - Map

All sailings arriving and departing Colman Dock Oct. 20-21 will share a single slip to make room for the Pacific Lifter, a giant barge needed to support weekend-long construction activity. Closing the northern slip and working through the weekend allows us to get a head start on replacing the north trestle, which is partly supported by old wooden beams. We appreciate everyone’s patience.

New vehicle staging locations on Colman Dock in effect through 2019

What changed?

Bremerton:

  • Vehicle holding is on the north side of the dock.
  • All sailings arrive and depart from slip 3, the northernmost slip. 
  • All drive-on and walk-on customers depart (and arrive) from slip 3.

Bainbridge Island:

  • Vehicle holding moves is on the south side of the dock.
  • All sailings arrive and depart from slip 2, the middle slip.
  • All drive-on and walk-on customers depart (and arrive) from slip 2.

Why was this change needed? 

  • Relocating the vehicle holding areas and corresponding ferry slips for both locations allows us to make the most efficient use of available vehicle holding space on the dock as construction expands through mid-summer 2019.
  • This change also allows us to offer full ferry service for millions of commuters and ferry riders while working to rebuild the aging and seismically-vulnerable Seattle ferry terminal at the same time.  

What else is being done to maximize room for vehicles waiting for the ferry at Colman Dock?  

  • Our contractor is using up to three barges at a time to operate very large construction cranes and stage necessary equipment that would otherwise need to be stored on the dock. We are working on three different sections of the project at the same time. Crews are building the new passenger-only ferry terminal and the first section of the new main ferry terminal building while demolishing the northwest corner of the main terminal building in use today. 
  • All of the work on this complex project is happening while we maintain full ferry service to and from Seattle. ​

 

When the dock is full, all overflow vehicle traffic will be directed to wait in nearby ferry holding lanes on Pier 48, a few blocks south of the terminal, until there is room on the main dock, or until the vessel is loading. 

Outdoor south concourse walkway is now closed, indoor exit detour is in place

Passengers disembarking the ferry from the overhead passenger ramp in Seattle now have a choice of exits; they can use a new interior walkway to exit from the north side of the terminal building, or continue using the outdoor exit concourse on the south side of the building. The indoor exit walkway provides crews with space to continue demolishing part of the terminal building in order to replace sections of the dock underneath.

Detour at north exit, south exit remains open

Way-finding signs are in place to direct passengers to the new 12-foot-wide indoor exit walkway corridor on the north side of the terminal building. This new walkway is separated from the closed construction area by walls.

Colman Dock Terminal Work Sequence

Driving on to the ferry? Entrance is now at S. Jackson Street and Alaskan Way South

 

 

Drivers enter the drive-on only lanes from westbound South Jackson Street and Alaskan Way South. This entrance is for vehicles driving onto the ferry only and replaces the former drive-on entrance at Madison Street. 

  • There are no changes to passenger load zones or pedestrian and bicycle entrances.     
  • All vehicles, including medical priority, motorcycles and vanpools, use the S. Jackson St. entrance.
  • No changes for walk-ons or bicycles.
  • Marion Street pedestrian bridge remains open
  • Colman Dock exits remain at Yesler Way and Marion Street

Queuing exceptions for medical priority, vanpools and motorcycles 

All drive-on customers use the same entrance and queuing lanes at South Jackson Street. During busy times, terminal attendants will direct emergency vehicles and customers with medical priority loading status, as well as registered vanpools and motorcycles to bypass the general queuing lane.

Dropping off or picking up passengers at the dock? Enter at Madison Street and Alaskan Way

The entrance for ride-share and for-hire vehicles, as well as anyone who is dropping off or picking up passengers at the terminal is at 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.

  

Tips for driving onto the ferry at Colman Dock:

  • There is a lot of congestion along the busy Seattle waterfront. Check traffic conditions before leaving, and be prepared to add up to 30 minutes of additional travel time to get to the dock. You can get information about current conditions on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island and Seattle/Bremerton routes on Twitter (@WSFerries) or, sign up for route alerts by email or text.. 
  • Take an off-peak sailing. Fewer people drive onto a ferry before 3 p.m. or after 7 p.m. 
  • Use northbound or southbound Alaskan Way S. to access the  S. Jackson Street entrance. There will be a traffic signal at the intersection. 

  

Tips for walk-ons:

  • Even if there is a long line inside the passenger terminal building, you do not need to arrive very early to ensure a seat aboard the ferry. Arriving five or ten minutes before your sailing is sufficient. 
  • Check VesselWatch to see if your boat is on time, consider buying your ticket online in advance. 
  • There is plenty of room on the Bremerton and Bainbridge Island ferries to accomodate between 1500 and 2500 passengers. 
  • The only time we approach full walk-on capacity is during major events such as a sports team playoff or series championship games. 

Terminal space is limited during construction through early 2023

March 2018 through Mid- 2019 

The passenger terminal building remains open, but it is much smaller and has fewer amenities. A smaller terminal building allows crews enough room to work as safely and efficiently as possible while we maintain full ferry service. Outdoor pile driving on the dock occurs  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 late fall 2018 or early winter 2019. 

The passenger terminal building remains open, but it is much smaller and has fewer amenities. A smaller terminal building allows crews enough room to work as safely and efficiently as possible while we maintain full ferry service. Outdoor pile driving on the dock occurs from fall 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 summer 2019.

The smaller terminal building maintains:

  • 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
  • Pedestrian connections to Alaskan Way and the Marion Street Bridge 

Primary construction activities:

  • Building the new passenger-only ferry dock for the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry
  • Building the first section of the new main passenger terminal building.

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.

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.