Over the next few years, the city of Seattle will transform its waterfront in an exciting project that will see updates extending from Pioneer Square through to Belltown’s Battery Street. As Waterfront Seattle describes, the changes will capitalize “on the opportunity created by the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the replacement of the Elliott Bay Seawall” and will include the new Elliott Bay Seawall (currently under construction), better connections between city neighborhoods, infrastructure updates, and twenty acres of public space.
🔹2018: Design 30% Complete
🔹2020: Design Complete
🔹2021: Construction Begins
🔹2022: Overlook Walk Opens to the Public
Here are a Few Key Highlights:
1. Railroad Way – there will be a new pedestrian gateway to link the waterfront with Pioneer Square and SODO.
2. Protected Bike Lane – a two-way bike path situated between the street and promenade will provide a safer travel option for bikers.
3. Waterfront Park – the existing park will be renovated “to improve access, safety, and flexibility,” with a nearby play area for children.
4. Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One – will focus on improving the pedestrian experience by connecting Pike and Pine with the waterfront.
5. Overlook Walk – a new connection will link Pike Place Market with the new waterfront. It will take “pedestrians over the new Alaskan Way without crossing the street” and will include “seating, informal play areas and views.”
The latest project timeline has a full design slated for 2020 with construction set to begin in 2021. The highly anticipated overlook walk is set to open to the public in 2022.