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

September construction update

Demolition of the northwest corner of the terminal building is now underway, and sections of the dock underneath are scheduled to be demolished by the end of the year. This web page contains important information for people walking or driving onto a ferry at Colman Dock during construction. 

New vehicle staging locations on Colman Dock start Sept. 26 through mid-2019

Bremerton and Bainbridge Island vehicle holding areas and slip locations change on September 26 and last through mid-summer 2019. Vehicle holding areas become smaller and move to new locations on Colman Dock.

Outbound vehicle holding locations: 

  • Bremerton: North of the terminal building
  • Bainbridge Island: South of the terminal building
  • Please follow posted signs and terminal staff

Walk-on customers: Slip assignments for both destinations will change to correspond with changes to vehicle holding locations. 

Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailings will arrive and depart from the following slips:

  • Bremerton: Slip 3 (northernmost slip)
  • Bainbridge Island: Slip 2 (center slip)

Map showing where cars waiting for Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailings wait on Colman Dock during construction in fall 2018. / Map showing the location of vehicle staging for Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailing departures.

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.

    Customers will exit slip 3, enter the main terminal building, turn left before the turnstiles, and enter the new exit walkway inside the terminal building. The walkway will turn left and meet up with the outside walkway on the north side of the terminal building. The Marion Street Bridge and elevators will be open in their current locations.

    Driving on to the ferry? Entrance has moved to S. Jackson Street and Alaskan Way South

    Map showing new South Jackson Street entry for all drivers. Pick-up and drop-off areas are still located in front of Colman Dock. The Marion Street Bridge, elevator, and terminal building pedestrian entrances remain open.

    Drivers enter the new 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 new 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.