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

View photos and video of crews building your new Colman Dock.

Summer 2019 construction update

Construction shifts into high gear this summer as we prepare to close the 53-year-old terminal building for demolition. Once the old building closes, all walk-on service and ticketing moves into our long-term temporary home. There will not be any changes for people driving onto a ferry. 

Summer outreach in July: Stop by our information table to learn about big changes coming in July and August

Come meet the project team and learn about big changes coming in July and August! We'll have an information table in the terminal and on the boats throughout July. View outreach dates and times, and learn how to request a reasonable accommodation for access assistance at these drop-in sessions.

Saturday, July 13 through Monday, July 15: Temporary sailing schedule  

In final preparations for the move, one of two available slips will close for critical construction work from the first sailing Saturday, July 13 through the last sailing Monday, July 15. All Bremerton and Bainbridge Island sailings will follow a temporary sailing schedule during this time. 

Why is this needed? The slip needs to be closed for construction so crews can pour the concrete pedestrian walkway connecting slip 1 to the first section of the new terminal building. It is not possible to maintain access to slip 1 from the existing terminal and install the new concrete walkway at the same time.  

Plan ahead for July 13-15 temporary sailing schedule 

  • Walk-on and drive-on riders: Departure times will be different from all three terminals: Seattle, Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. Check the temporary schedule in advance.
  • Add extra travel time to your trip: Crossing times could be longer when the single slip is occupied.
  • Weekday drive-on commuters: There will be fewer PM sailings on Monday, July 15, and vehicle waiting space will be even more limited. Consider working from home or walking on the ferry, or add plenty of extra travel time.
  • Weekend drive-on riders: If departing from Colman Dock between 1 and 8 p.m., plan to arrive up to 60 minutes before your sailing.
  • Download the WSDOT App and check VesselWatch: Get real-time status of your ferry’s location on the route, as well as route alerts.

Temporary sailing schedule departure times 

Seattle / Bremerton 

Saturday July 13 through Monday July 15 only

Leave Seattle

  • 5:50 a.m.
  • 7:35 a.m.
  • 8:35 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 11:10 a.m.
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:55 p.m.
  • 2:50 p.m.
  • 4:35 p.m.
  • 5:35 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:15 p.m.
  • 10:05 p.m.
  • 11:05 p.m.
  • 1:25 a.m.

Leave Bremerton

  • 4:45 a.m.
  • 6:20 a.m.
  • 7:20 a.m.
  • 8:45 a.m.
  • 9:50 a.m.
  • 11:05 a.m.
  • 12:40 p.m.
  • 1:35 p.m.
  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 4:15 p.m.
  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 8:45 p.m.
  • 9:40 p.m.
  • 12:15 a.m.

Seattle / Bainbridge Island 

Saturday July 13 through Monday July 15 only

Leave Seattle

  • 5:30 a.m. Mon
  • 6:10 a.m.
  • 7:05 a.m. Mon
  • 7:55 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • 9:40 a.m.
  • 10:45 a.m.
  • 11:40 a.m.
  • 12:40 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:25 p.m.
  • 3:25 p.m.
  • 4:15 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m.
  • 6:05 p.m.
  • 7:10 p.m.
  • 7:55 p.m.
  • 9:00 p.m.
  • 9:40 p.m.
  • 10:55 p.m.
  • 11:35 p.m.
  • 1:05 a.m.
  • 2:30 a.m.

Leave Bainbridge Island

  • 4:45 a.m. Mon
  • 5:20 a.m.
  • 6:20 a.m. Mon
  • 7:05 a.m.
  • 8:05 a.m. Sat & Mon
  • 8:45 a.m.
  • 9:50 a.m.
  • 10:40 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • 12:35 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:20 p.m.
  • 4:20 p.m.
  • 5:10 p.m.
  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 8:05 p.m.
  • 8:45 p.m.
  • 9:55 p.m.
  • 10:35 p.m.
  • 12:20 a.m.
  • 1:50 a.m.

Mon = Monday only
Sat & Mon = Saturday and Monday only
 

What to expect June 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 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 near completion.
  • No changes for walk-on customers until mid to late August 2019.
  • Drive-on entrance remains at South Jackson Street, with overflow holding at Pier 48.

The entire north half of our Seattle terminal is now under construction and closed to vehicles waiting for a ferry. The toll plaza and the vehicle waiting lanes south of the terminal building remains open while the north half is closed. 

When the waiting lanes are full, drivers will be directed to wait at the off-site overflow vehicle waiting area located near the drive-on entrance on Pier 48. Drivers should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before their scheduled sailing to accommodate the smaller dock, especially during peak commute times. These changes are needed so crews can rebuild the north half of the dock while continuing construction of the new terminal building and the passenger-only ferry facility on the south half. 

Pedestrian entrance will change in mid-summer 2019. There are no changes to vehicle entrance

Starting in mid to late August 2019, the terminal building currently in use closes for demolition, and the first section of the new terminal building opens to the public. This new building and elevated walk-on waiting area will remain in use as our temporary terminal building until the project is complete in 2023. All walk-on customers will enter the building from a new elevated pedestrian bridge. Elevators will be located south of Columbia Street at the far end of the dock.  

Map showing how pedestrians will access Colman Dock starting as early as August 2019.

Current layout of Colman Dock before move in mid-summer 2019 

Map of construction areas through mid 2019 on Colman Dock

    Future layout of Colman Dock after the move in mid-summer 2019 until project completion in 2023

    Map of Colman Dock starting in summer 2019

    The entire former terminal building will be demolished. Full ferry service to and from Bainbridge Island and Bremerton will continue to operate out of the southern half of the new terminal building. Elevated walkways will connect to the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries passenger-only ferry dock and to Alaskan Way and the Marion Street Bridge. 

    What to expect in early August 2019: Moving into a smaller terminal building

    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. The passenger-only ferry dock, servicing the King County Water Taxi and the Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry, opens to the public in late July or early August 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 

    The first third of the new terminal building will open in mid to late August 2019. The temporary Marion Street Bridge and the elevated walkways connecting the bridge to the new terminal building will also open at that same time. Then, the existing terminal building will close for demolition.

    No change for vehicle access to the toll plaza

    There will be no changes to the vehicle entrance or exits at this time. People who drive onto a ferry will continue to enter at South Jackson Street from northbound or southbound Alaskan Way. All drive-on customers, including cars, trucks, vanpools and motorcycles, will use the same entrance. Terminal attendants will direct traffic and manage overflow vehicle holding during the afternoon commute and busy weekends. This configuration remains in effect until the project is complete in early 2023. The next change to vehicle exit routes is anticipated in summer 2021.

    Summer in-person outreach schedule 

    To help keep ferry riders informed of big changes coming to the dock this summer, we are hosting a series of in-person, drop-in outreach sessions July 9-25. Project staff will be on hand at each session to provide information about upcoming construction activities and temporary July 13-15 sailing schedule, as well as pedestrian access changes that will take effect as soon as mid to late August 2019.

    Location

    Seattle terminal
    Indoors, at the Information Booth

    Date and time

    Tuesday, July 9
    1:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, July 17
    1:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday, July 25
    1:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Seattle/Bainbridge Island route
    Aboard the vessel, near the galley

    Wednesday, July 10

    To Bainbridge Island:
    3:50 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. sailings

    To Seattle:
    4:45 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. sailings
     

    Thursday, July 18

    To Bainbridge Island:
    4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. sailings

    To Seattle:
    5:35 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. sailings

    Seattle/Bremerton route
    Aboard the vessel, near the galley

    Wednesday, July 10

    To Bremerton:
    2:50 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. sailings

    To Seattle:
    4:15 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. sailings
     

    Thursday, July 18

    To Bremerton:
    4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. sailings

    To Seattle:
    5:30 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. sailings

    Reasonable accommodation information

    As a member of the public, you may request reasonable accommodation to access WSF activities, programs or services. Requests may include but are not limited to:

    • Sign language interpreters
    • Assisted listening devices
    • Printed materials in alternative formats
    • Ferry passenger access

    To make a reasonable accommodation request, please contact Sarah Nagpal at NagpalS@wsdot.wa.gov or (206) 515-3437.  WSF attempts to accommodate all requests; however, we are better able to fulfill requests made with at least two weeks advance notice.

     

    How to access the new terminal on foot or with non-motorized transportation

    The entrance to the new terminal building is on the second floor, above the vehicle holding lanes. There will be two ways to get inside the building.

    • Overhead walkway - an elevated pedestrian bridge between the street (Alaskan Way) and the new terminal building. This bridge may be accessed by stairs on street level, or via the temporary Marion Street Bridge
    • Elevator located on southwest corner of the dock - The elevator on Alaskan Way will be closed and a new pair of elevators open at the southwest corner on the dock near the new passenger-only ferry facility. Customers will use a new walkway on the south side of the Yesler Way to reach the elevators. There will also be a new elevated walkway from these elevators to the portion of the new terminal building.

    A ticket booth will be available on the elevated walkway, at the corner of Alaskan Way and Columbia Street on the dock. Customers will buy tickets here before entering the queuing area on the elevated walkway. For customers using the elevator, they will enter the terminal building and then proceed to the ticket booth at the end of the elevated walkway. Customers with limited mobility can talk to terminal staff for assistance buying a ticket.

    What is being done to maximize room for vehicles waiting for the ferry at Colman Dock? 

    • Our contractor is using up to three barges at a time to operate very large construction cranes and stage necessary equipment that would otherwise need to be stored on the dock.
    • Our terminal staff is maintaining a large offsite vehicle waiting area two blocks south of Colman Dock on Pier 48. 

    We are working on four different sections of the project at the same time. Crews are building the new passenger-only ferry terminal and the first section of the new main ferry terminal building while demolishing the northwest corner of the main terminal building in use today and rebuilding the entire north half of the trestle, between the terminal building and the temporary passenger-only ferry dock

    Working from barges and maintaining an offsite vehicle waitin area at the neighboring pier (Pier 48), are two ways we are are able to offer full ferry service for millions of commuters and ferry riders while working to rebuild the aging and seismically-vulnerable Seattle ferry terminal at the same time.