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Washington State DOT Opens Colman Dock Entry Building and Elevated Walkway

SEATTLE , WA — Washington State Ferries (WSF) recently opened its new Colman Dock entry building and elevated walkway, connecting walk-on passengers to the ferry from Alaskan Way. Throughout six years of construction on the $489 million Colman Dock Project, WSF has maintained ferry service on two of its busiest routes, but passengers have been shifted around the facility to make way for construction.

The following amenities will now be open to ferry riders:

  • Connections that include elevators and stairs from Alaskan Way
  • New ticket and info booths on the elevated level
  • 20,500 square feet of public space with benches with city and water views

Work continues near Colman Dock on several elements, led by the city’s Seattle Waterfront office:

  • Removing a temporary lane on Alaskan Way, allowing vehicles to enter Colman Dock at Alaskan and Yesler ways (instead of staging at Pier 48)
  • New Marion Street Pedestrian Bridge over Alaskan Way
  • Completion of street, sidewalk, and utility work in front of the entry building
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“Washington State Ferries is thrilled to welcome our passengers to the new entry building and elevated pedestrian connector,” said David Sowers, WSF’s Director of Terminal Engineering. “Our flagship terminal on the waterfront is a gateway to Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, and the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. Our customers have shown patience and flexibility during six years of construction. Now they can experience the benefits, amenities, and expansive views.”

Built in stages as the old terminal building was torn down, the new facility improves safety by meeting current seismic standards and provides more efficient passenger circulation and queuing.

The Colman Dock multimodal project connects to a regional bicycle path, King County Metro buses, fast ferries for King County and Kitsap Transit, and Sound Transit’s light rail stations on Third Avenue.

Crews began construction work in 2017 to replace the seismically vulnerable terminal at Colman Dock. Since that time, the project has:

  • Built a new passenger-only ferry terminal on the south side of Colman Dock for the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit that opened in August 2019
  • Built an elevated walkway between the terminal building and the passenger-only ferry facility, which opened in September 2019
  • Completed a new overhead loading passenger structure for slip 3 on the north end of the terminal that also opened in September 2019
  • Replaced the timber trestle portion of the dock with a new concrete and steel trestle for vehicle staging and loading/unloading, finishing that work in August 2021
  • Opened the full passenger terminal building in November 2022

WSF, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries tens of millions of people a year.

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