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No fooling, Colman Dock terminal building soon to be moving

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 14:59

Broch Bender, communications, 206-305-5516

Passengers will move into first part of new building as old one is torn down

SEATTLE – Look for new pedestrian bridges and an expanded work zone at Colman Dock this spring as work continues to replace Washington State Ferries’ seismically vulnerable flagship terminal. 

Colman Dock will soon change forever with the demolition of the mid-century ferry terminal and opening of the first part of the new terminal building. Now through mid-summer, several vehicle waiting lanes for all sailings will be reconfigured or closed to make way for work on a footbridge that will connect a temporary Marion Street Bridge to the new terminal building. Work also continues on an elevated bridge and elevator connecting the new ferry terminal building to the future passenger-only facility.

What to expect April through mid-summer 2019

  • Vehicle holding lanes in the center section of the dock will close periodically to make room for overhead walkway construction.
  • Lanes on the southern section of the dock and those below the new terminal building will reopen to ease capacity.
  • Construction of the first portion of the terminal building, the passenger-only facility and new elevator on the south side of the dock is near completion.
  • No changes will occur for walk-on customers until summer.
  • Drive-on entrance will remain at South Jackson Street, with overflow holding at Pier 48.

“This is a complex construction project, and the contractor has a unique phased approach to build the project while keeping the terminal open to customers throughout the work,” said Construction Engineer Bryant Bullamore. “Crews are nearing completion of the first third of the new building, however the current terminal building sits in the way of the future one. This means construction of the remaining two-thirds won’t commence until the older terminal building is demolished and the wooden trestle it sits on is replaced with a seismically-sound steel and concrete dock.”

Moving into the new, tearing down the old

The first portion of the new terminal building will open this summer along with the temporary Marion Street Bridge and the elevated walkways connecting the bridge to the new terminal building and the passenger-only facility. Then, the existing terminal building will close and demolition will begin.

The smaller terminal will have reduced seating capacity and no space to accommodate retail or food vendors. This smaller terminal and connecting walkways will serve passengers until the new Colman Dock is complete in 2023.    

The new passenger-only facility, providing King County Water Taxi service to Vashon and West Seattle; and Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries to Bremerton and Kingston, also opens in its new location on the south side of the dock this summer. 

Colman Dock is Washington state’s largest ferry terminal and supports transportation across Puget Sound between downtown Seattle and communities in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. More than 10 million people use the terminal each year, but it is aging and vulnerable to earthquake damage. Construction to replace the terminal began in August 2017 and will continue until 2023.

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries nearly 25 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter.

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