Elliott Bay Seawall Project -- Utility Relocation

The Elliott Bay seawall

Image courtesy of Waterfront Seattle

Project Description

The Elliott Bay Seawall Project will replace the existing seawall--from S. Washington Street to Virginia Street--with a structure that meets current safety and design standards.

The Elliott Bay Seawall Project is a critical public safety project. Failure of the seawall would have significant impacts to the public, the City of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, Washington State, and the nation. Protection from coastal storm damage and shoreline erosion is vital to preserving Seattle's downtown, the economy, and the region's quality of life and economic competitiveness. The Elliott Bay Seawall:

  • Protects Seattle's downtown waterfront from wind-driven storm waves and the erosive tidal forces of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay.
  • Supports and protects major public and private utilities, including power for downtown Seattle and the western seaboard, natural gas, and telecommunications.
  • Supports State Route 99, the ferry terminal, and rail lines, all of which transport local commuters and visitors as well as local, regional, and international freight.

For more information, please visit: Waterfront Seattle.


Pier 62-63 in the roadway north of Pine Street to Stewart Street

What's Happening Now?

The Elliott Bay Seawall contractor has completed all work along Alaskan Way south of Pine Street to Yesler Way. This earlier phase of the project is in closeout phase.

Pacific Pile and Marine is the successful bidder for Seawall Pier 62-63 in the roadway north of Pine Street to Stewart Street. This northern portion of the Elliott Bay Seawall Project represents the final Seawall restoration of City Light's network electrical system.

City Light restoration will be completed in September 2018 and all construction will be complete by December 31, 2020. City Light Network crews are beginning to energize the new alignment and improve reliability.

  • Construction Start: Late 2013
  • Duration: Until the end of 2020

Ganth Lingam
Senior Project Manager (Seattle City Light)
(206) 684-3699

Waterfront Seattle Project Team
(206) 499-8040

City Light

Dawn Lindell, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34023, Seattle, WA, 98124-4023
Phone: (206) 684-3000

Seattle City Light was created by the citizens of Seattle in 1902 to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electric power to the City of Seattle and neighboring suburbs.