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Posted on: April 19, 2019

Construction Alert: Olympic Drive sidewalk closure begins Monday, April 22

Olympic Drive Rendering

The sidewalk on the west side of Olympic Drive (near Waypoint Park) is expected to close Monday, April 22 when construction begins on the Olympic Drive Non-motorized Improvement Project. During the closure, pedestrians can cross the street (when it's safe) and use the sidewalk on the east side of Olympic Drive.

There will be times during construction when both sidewalks along Olympic Drive will be closed and pedestrians should follow the detour routes (in photo below).

At times, this work will also require some lane closures and drivers should expect some minor delays. During the morning and afternoon peak hours and weekends, however, traffic lanes will remain open to minimize the impact on ferry commuters who travel by car.

The contractor is expected to begin work at 7 a.m. and our goal is to minimize the impact on ferry passengers during the peak commute hours.   

You can expect to hear normal construction noises, such as engines and other equipment. At this time, nighttime work is not scheduled, but this may change in the future. 

It is anticipated the project will be complete in August 2019

Safety Features
The Olympic Drive non-motorized project is designed to improve safety for all users and to improve efficiency for loading and unloading of all ferry passengers. When the project is complete, there will be separated lanes for people who bike, drive and walk along Olympic Drive from the intersection of Winslow Way and SR 305 to Harborview Drive. There will also be new pavement markings and signs that will be unfamiliar to many people. Please click here to learn more about some of these changes. Staff will participate in future outreach to educate the community about these new facilities.

  • Pedestrians: Pedestrians will experience a safer commute with wider sidewalks, separated from vehicle traffic, to better accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, etc. and to keep people out of the street.
  • Bicyclists: There will be lanes for bicyclists only and “bike boxes” at intersections to separate bicycles from motor vehicles.
  • Drivers: The project will improve driver safety by separating bicycles and pedestrians from traffic. Currently, when bicyclists unload from the ferry, they mix with cars and motorcycles, or some bicyclists use the sidewalk.

Please see the City’s Olympic Drive Non-motorized Improvements webpage for more details of the project. 

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Stay Informed
Sign up to receive updates about the project and any construction impacts:

  • Nixle: This free service is generally used for emergency notifications but due to the amount of ferry users, we will use Nixle messages to inform people of any construction impacts.
  • Notify Me:
    • Select Olympic Drive NM Improvements
    • Select Traffic Notifications

We will continue to provide updates as we become aware of detours or closures that may impact ferry passengers and residents.

Businesses along Olympic Drive will remain open during construction.

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works Engineering at 206-842-2016 or


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