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Keeping People Moving Around the Waterfront During Seawall Construction

If you haven’t been to the waterfront lately, you might not be able to recognize it. Seawall construction is in full swing, and replacing this important piece of infrastructure is no small task. Despite all the activity, the waterfront is open and accessible, and keeping vehicle and pedestrian traffic moving is a priority.

Seawall excavation near Waterfront Park

Seawall excavation near Waterfront Park

Cars and trucks

In November 2013, a temporary roadway was installed under the Alaskan Way Viaduct to keep one of the city’s main arterials humming, despite the active construction taking place just to the west. The new roadway has helped minimize disruptions to cars, trucks and other vehicles moving north and south along the waterfront. Need a place to park? Be sure to check out to find parking lots and rates near the waterfront.

Bikes and peds

Bikes and pedestrians are important, too! A multi-use pathway along the west side of the viaduct keeps pedestrians and bicycles moving to and from their favorite destinations. The path, directly adjacent to the work zone, also gives travelers on foot and two wheels a front-row seat for construction.

Additional signage and wayfinding have been installed all along the construction zone to help travelers of all modes safely navigate the project area.

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Learn more!

Recently, people were able to get an insider’s look at this historic construction project on a walking tour with the Seawall Project Street Team! They learned about the seawall design and peeked through the fence to see construction in action. We’ll continue to host tours of the project each month, so check our website to learn more.

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For more information about seawall construction, visit the Seawall Project website, If you have questions, email the Seawall Project ( or call the 24-hour hotline (206.618.8584).