Travel Advisory | Temporary changes to Alaskan Way travel lanes mark progress of Waterfront Seattle’s new Alaskan Way construction

Paving progress between Marion and Madison street as we prepare to open two blocks of newly constructed Alaskan Way.

The Waterfront Seattle Program is constructing a new Alaskan Way roadway just east of the current Alaskan Way.

This new roadway will occupy the space that used to be under the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Much of the space occupied by the current Alaskan Way roadway will be replaced with a new two-way protected bike lane, a pedestrian promenade, and greenspace filled with trees and plants.  

The weekend of May 14-16, we will open two more blocks of the new Alaskan Way and travel lanes will shift from the current roadway to the new roadway between Yesler Way and Madison St.  

TRAVEL ADVISORY

Weekend work happening between 7 PM Friday, May 14 and Sunday, May 16 on Alaskan Way between Yesler Way and Madison St may impact travel. 

All access on Alaskan Way and access to the Colman Dock ferry terminal will be maintained throughout the weekend. Those heading to the waterfront or traveling along Alaskan Way during this timeframe can expect officers on site to assist in directing traffic.  

The Waterfront Seattle Program is a collaboration between the Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects and other Seattle departments including the Mayor’s Office, SDOT, Planning and Development, and Parks and Recreation.    

Since the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in 2019, things have been busy on Alaskan Way. We removed a portion of the old roadway, dug deep to install essential electrical, water, sewer, and storm utilities, paved sections of the roadway and sidewalks, and installed lights, signs and trees!   


An upcoming travel lane shift, similar to one put in place in December 2020, will shift vehicles from the current Alaskan Way that is being replaced, onto two blocks of newly constructed roadway between Yesler Way and Madison St.  

Graphic showing travel lane shift that will be put in place over the weekend of May 14-16.

Currently, there’s an S-like curve at Yesler Way that transitions Alaskan Way traffic from the new roadway on the east side to the current roadway on the west side that is being replaced. This S-like curve will shift north between Marion and Madison streets. See graphic above for a visual of what the travel lane shift will look like.  

These changes allow us to continue our construction progress of the new waterfront between Yesler Way and Madison St. 

The travel lane shift is scheduled to be put in place over the weekend between 7 PM on Friday, May 14 and Sunday, May 16.  

All access on Alaskan Way and access to the Colman Dock ferry terminal will be maintained throughout the weekend. Those heading to the waterfront or traveling along Alaskan Way during this timeframe can expect officers on site to assist in directing traffic.  

Here’s what you expect on Alaskan Way north of Madison St:  

Another travel lane shift is coming to the waterfront in late 2021, when we’ll open up additional lanes on Alaskan Way from S King to Columbia streets, including new transit lanes which are a key connection to the transit corridor on Columbia St.  


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