Washington State Ferries is replacing the aging and seismically vulnerable Colman Dock in Seattle in order to maintain its critical role as a regional multimodal transportation hub.
Key project elements included these new elements: concrete and steel trestle, main terminal building, entry building (with retail space), elevated walkway between the terminal building and the passenger-only ferry and replacing the overhead passenger walkway on the northernmost slip (slip #3). It also adds a bicycle entry and holding area north of Marion Street plus stairs and elevators to connect the facility to Alaskan Way. It also mitigates for additional overwater coverage.
What to expect
The terminal will remain open throughout construction, which is expected to wrap up in 2023. While the terminal and all ferry operations will be available and maintained throughout construction, customers can expect changes to how vehicles, passengers and bicycles load and unload.
Construction crews moved a crane into a small the portion of the Bremerton vehicle holding lanes in late August. That means there are 16 fewer vehicle holding spaces on the dock, terminal crews will continue to process and load vehicles to meet departure times.
The Marion Street vehicle exit is closed into fall 2021. All vehicles and bikes exiting Colman Dock exit through Yesler Way, which may cause delays off-loading ferries during peak times. There will be no changes or impacts to people walking on the ferry.
Artist rendering showing the final look of the new terminal. New elements include concrete and steel trestle, terminal building, entry building, elevated walkway to the passenger-only ferry, and new overhead passenger walkway on slip #3.