Seattle’s waterfront is undergoing a $750 million redevelopment project set to conclude in 2025, featuring the new Alaskan Way, sidewalks, bike and bus lanes, aquarium expansions, and reconstructed piers. The highlight is the Overlook Walk, a large pedestrian walkway connecting Pike Place Market to the waterfront.
Elliott Way, a four-lane road, has received mixed reactions. Some view it as a useful route for freight and bicyclists, while others argue it disrupts a pedestrian-heavy area. The street, named Dzidzilalich in Lushootseed, branches east from the waterfront, with northbound lanes connecting to Western Avenue and southbound lanes starting on Elliott Avenue.
Critics have raised concerns about Elliott Way’s width and car capacity, comparing it to the dismantled viaduct. However, officials maintain that it’s not a highway and will carry less traffic than the viaduct did.
The opening of Elliott Way and the waterfront’s completion are vital to the city’s downtown recovery plan, according to Mayor Bruce Harrell. This fall, a footbridge connecting Marion Street to the new Colman Dock is expected to be completed, with the dock opening later in the year. The Overlook Walk is slated for completion by late next year. [See map]
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