How Seattle's Waterfront Plan Took Shape

See Seattle waterfront's milestones
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2001
February: Nisqually Earthquake occurs and damages the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct

2009
January: City, county and state governments agree to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel

December: City forms Central Waterfront Partnerships Committee

2010
September: James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) selected to design Seattle’s waterfront park

2011
January: Seattle City Council creates Central Waterfront Committee (CWC); public outreach begins

2012
August: Seattle City Council adopts JCFO concept design and CWC strategic plan

Summer: Friends of Waterfront Seattle is incorporated

November: Voters approve bond for new seawall

2013
November: Seawall construction begins

July: Tunnel-boring machine “Bertha” begins work on the Viaduct replacement tunnel

December: Bertha stalls

2014
February: The city’s Office of the Waterfront is formed

August: Voters approve metropolitan park district to create sustainable funding source for Seattle parks

2015
March: City Council authorizes Pike Place Market MarketFront expansion

June: MarketFront expansion breaks ground

August: City Council and mayor approve master plan for aquarium expansion

December: Bertha resumes tunnel-boring work

2016
July: City Council approves Pier 62 rebuild

2017
April: Bertha finishes tunnel-boring work

June: MarketFront opens

August: City Council releases local improvement district (LID) feasibility study

September: City Council adopts a resolution affirming the LID funding approach for the waterfront

Fall: Groundbreaking for Pier 62 rebuild; seawall replacement project complete

2017–2018
City Council reaches out to property owners who would be affected by LID tax

2019
January: City Council considers LID legislation; Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed

February: The new State Route 99 tunnel opens

Late winter and spring: Alaskan Way Viaduct is removed

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