New Arena at Seattle Center Construction Update


(Updated: June 14, 2019)

Current construction work is primarily demolition of the arena interior and drilled piling.  This phase of the project will generate the most disruptive noise and vibration during demolition.

Interior demolition started at the north end and will move south.  Demolition of the north half of the arena (to the east/west buttresses) is projected to be finished by the end of June. 

Utility Work – Utility work on 2nd Avenue N continues and is projected to be done by end of day today.  This is being done south of Harrison St. and includes the use of vacuum and CCTV trucks.  Appropriate traffic measures are in place including flaggers and street cones for delineation.  

Arena Interior – Structural demolition of the arena interior is ongoing.  It is projected to continue for the next several weeks and will include Saturdays.  Hauling operations for this work will continue until 10pm, M-F.

North Courtyard Excavation at the NW corner of the courtyard continues.  Drilled piling work has started and will move south. This work is being done during daytime hours only and includes Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm.  

South Side – Utility potholing and cut/cap activities on Thomas St. at the SW corner of the project has started and is projected to take 4 weeks to complete.  This work is being done during daytime hours only and includes Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm.  

West Side – Drilled piling continues in the Northwest corner and will move south over the next several weeks. This work is being done during daytime hours only and includes Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm.  

East Side – Drilled piling work continues at the NE corner and is moving south.  This work is being done during daytime hours only and includes Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm.  

1st Ave N – Installation of a new traffic signal at 1st Ave. N and Thomas St. will be performed Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 and the following weekend.  During this time, traffic signal work will also be done at the intersections of 1st Ave N & Mercer St. and 1st Ave N & Roy St. to add signals for the new protected bike lane.  The new protected bike lane is projected to be complete on or before July 1st.

Starting Monday, June 17th, parking and loading on the west side of 1st Ave N between Denny Way and Roy St. will be removed to install the new protected bike lane.  Pending SDOT right of way permit issuance, parking and loading on the east side of 1st Ave. N will be removed between John and Thomas beginning the week of June 17th.

On Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd, from 9 am-5 pm, parking on the east side of 1st Ave N between Denny Way and Roy St. will be closed for removal of the existing bike lane striping and then re-striping of the new traffic lanes.

For all street work, appropriate traffic measures will be in place including flaggers and street cones for delineation. For more info visit: https://bit.ly/2Kihibd

The King County Metro bus stop located on 1st Ave. N between John St. and Thomas St, has been relocated to south of Denny Way.  

South Parcel (surface lot south of Pottery Northwest) – Construction activities for tunnel work on the South Parcel, adjacent to the Bressi Building, will commence on Monday, June 17th.  This work will consist of fence installation, landscape clearing and grubbing and asphalt pavement removal. Construction of a new storm water vault at the south end of the property will begin as well.

Installation of the sound wall will start after the SDOT right of way permit is issued.  The sound wall will be placed around the project on John St. between the SE corner of the 1st Ave. N garage and 1st Ave N.  From John St. the sound wall will turn north on 1st Ave. N and end at the south wall of Pottery NW.  The graphic below shows the location with the fence line in green.  

As with the North Parcel (arena), placement of the sound wall will include the sidewalk and pedestrian access will be closed for the duration of the tunnel build.  

CONSTRUCTION HOTLINE:  (206) 401-9896

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