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.
Progress continues toward opening the last two-thirds of the terminal building at Colman Dock this summer. Crews continue work on the entry building, along Alaskan Way and the elevated pedestrian connector. The entry building’s steel structure began going up in October 2021 and the roof in January. Crews recently finished removing material from the water north of Colman Dock, opening 180 linear feet of shoreline along Alaskan Way.
The Marion Street vehicle and bicycle exit reopens Thursday, May 19. It was closed in October 2020 to build the new concrete trestle and for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to repave Alaskan Way and build new sidewalks. Reopening this exit will improve loading and offloading times for both our Bremerton and Bainbridge vessels. See the Maps & Drawings tab below for a map of the exit route.
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.