If You Haven’t Been to Seattle Lately, the Colman Dock Project is Nearing Completion; More Work to do on Bainbridge

Coleman Dock's new front door by Washington State Dept. of TransportationCan you say, “Finally”! If you travel to Seattle by ferry – as many of us do on the island – you have no doubt followed the progress of the Colman Dock reconstruction project, which has been underway since 2017.

It’s time to clap your hands together and let out a big shout – Yahoo! – because the development that has inconvenienced many of us for going on six years now, is close to completion.

The other day, the new building that fronts Alaskan Way, serving as a sort of portal to the elevated plaza and the main terminal building for passengers bound for Bremerton and Bainbridge Island sailings, opened its doors. Passengers can now enter the complex via stairs or elevators off Alaskan Way, and soon, a rebuilt pedestrian connection along Marion Street will offer another link to the space. Eventually, the long, temporary walkway that passengers have used to enter and exit the terminal building in recent years will be removed.

Meantime, our own Bainbridge ferry terminal is still undergoing a significant overhaul. The  route between Seattle and the island is the busiest in the system for walk-on passengers, and the $33 million project – set to be completed early next year – replaces the existing overhead wooden walkway with a wider, safer concrete and steel facility built to current seismic code.

Next week, however, part of that project will inconvenience walk-on passengers. From Aug. 14-Aug. 17, the existing overhead wooden structure will be closed, and walk-ons will enter and exit ferries via the boat’s car deck – just like Michael Douglas’ character did years ago in the movie Disclosure, if you remember that one.

Bainbridge Island ferry terminal walkway rendering by WSDOTA more intrusive interruption from this project will affect drivers from Sept. 7-Sept. 13 when work crews will actually install the new steel girded walkway and accompanying pilings. There will be no drivers, motorcycles or bikes allowed on the ferries during those six days. The Island Wanderer will elaborate more on this topic in a future post.
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