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July 29, 2015

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Seattle is experiencing unprecedented growth and development, both in the downtown Center City area and surrounding neighborhoods. The City of Seattle recognizes that construction can create challenges. Access Seattle is an initiative focused on maintaining mobility in the city during peak construction periods, addressing the impacts in three ways:

  1. Business and community support;
  2. Traveler engagement; and
  3. Construction coordination

A critical element of the Access Seattle Initiative is the new Construction Hub Coordination Program. The hub team of project and on-site coordinators assess permitted construction holistically, across public and private lines, in areas with multiple simultaneous construction projects in close proximity—otherwise known as construction hubs. See below for more information on the current identified hubs-subject to change with the evolving construction landscape.

ACCESS SEATTLE: CAPITOL HILL CONSTRUCTION HUB

‘Temporary No Park’ Management System Pilot – Download Fact Sheet | Download Vendors List

From July 13 to December 31, 2015 within the Capitol Hill Construction Hub a hooded sign system will replace T38/T39 A-Frame ‘No Parking’ signs for reserving paid parking spaces for construction use. Contractors should contact Construction Coordinator Wayne Gallup before applying for permits.
Wayne.Gallup@Seattle.gov | (206) 681-6099

The slimmer profile of the parking meter hood signs will free up public space, making city sidewalks safer and more easily navigable, while also being more visible to all travelers. The program will allow SDOT to better track and review impacts of No Parking signs, adding a coordinated planning element that improves efficiency and access for all. Since each no-park zone will be reserved for a single contractor and the new signs are not easily moved or altered, the program will also facilitate more reliable enforcement.


 

MISSION

The job of the Construction Hub Coordination Program is to proactively address and respond to the cumulative mobility impacts in Construction Hubs through active management of construction-related issues. The objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Identify high development areas as Construction Hubs
  • Evaluate impacts for the duration of each project for all projects within these areas collectively, highlighting potential conflicts and cumulative mobility impacts
  • Provide guidance on ways to maintain mobility in these areas experiencing significant construction impacts
  • Establish reliable lines of two-way communications with key community and business representatives to address construction-related impacts and to flag policy-level issues
  • Respond and resolve construction-related impacts in “real-time”

The Access Seattle construction coordination effort comes at a time when downtown Seattle has more projects under construction, about to break ground or recently completed (the last 1.5 years) than it has in the seven years preceding January 2013, according to the Downtown Seattle Association Development Guide June 2014 Update. That update also found that in the last year the amount of office space under construction has nearly doubled, and there are more than three times the number of apartment units under construction compared to the last development cycle in 2007.

CONSTRUCTION HUBS

Hub boundaries evolve with the ever-evolving construction landscape. In an effort to keep you informed, the interactive Construction Hubs Boundaries & Developments Map below now includes developments within each hub and their stage of construction.  Hub boundaries are also listed in the chart that follows. 

CONSTRUCTION HUB

BOUNDARIES

Alaskan Way Viaduct North

Area bounded by Aloha St the north; Bell St to the south; 5th Ave N/4th Ave N to the west; and Dexter Ave N/7th Ave to the east.

Alaskan Way Viaduct South (Central Waterfront)

Area bounded by Bay St/Broad St to the north; S Holgate to the south; Elliott Bay to the west; and Occidental Ave S/1st Ave to the east.

South Lake Union

Area bounded by Mercer St to the north; Denny Way to the south; Dexter Ave N to the west; and Eastlake Ave E to the east.

Downtown Transition Area

Area bounded by Aloha St/Lake Union/E Galer St to the north; S Spokane St to the south; 1st Ave W/shoreline to the west; and I-5 to the east.

Capitol Hill Hub Transition Area

Area bounded by E John St/E Olive Way to the north; Madison St to the south; I-5 to the west; and Broadway to the east.

Capitol Hill

Area bounded by E John St to the north; E Madison St/E Marion St/E Spring St to the south; Broadway to the west; and 15th Ave to the east.

West Seattle

Area bounded by Oregon St to the north; SW Dawson St to the south; California Ave SW to the west; and 37th Ave SW to the east.

BACKGROUND

Given the recent increase in development, there are now multiple private and public construction projects simultaneously underway in close proximity in many neighborhoods across the City of Seattle. These areas have been identified and named Construction Hubs.

Construction Hubs often happen within urban village boundaries or areas that were recently re-zoned, and where there is also significant public investment (e.g. First Hill Street Car, Denny Substation, Mercer Corridor, etc.).

If projects in these areas are not coordinated across departments and between the public and private sector, they can cause significant cumulative mobility impacts to businesses, residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

The Construction Hub Coordination Program is a part of Access Seattle, a Seattle Department of Transportation initiative to keep businesses thriving, travelers moving, and construction coordinated during peak building periods. In mid-2013, SDOT Street Use refocused the work programs of two existing staff to create the backbone of a Construction Hub Coordination Program, in support of Access Seattle. Three additional team members were hired in 2014. To help meet the critical need for construction coordination, another staff member will be hired in 2015, bringing the number of staff to five. Joining the team is also a business liaison, provided by the Office for Economic Development.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For Construction Impact Concerns in All Hubs Contact:

Construction Hub Team E-mail - SDOTConstructionHub@seattle.gov

Hub Team
 

Ken Ewalt
206.684.4995 
or team email:
Ken.Ewalt
@Seattle.gov

Jack Bighorse
206-794-8238
or team email:
Jack.Bighorse
@Seattle.gov

Wayne Gallup
206.681.6099 
or team email:
Wayne.Gallup
@Seattle.gov



James Kelly

For Business Impact Concerns 
in All Hubs Contact:

Other Program Contacts:

  • Melody Berry – Supervisor
    206-733-9052
  • Ethan Jackson – Project Coordinator
    206-727-8711
  • Jan Katzenberger – Communications Liaison
    206-794-0576

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