By 2020, there should be a new Colman DockFebruary 6th, 2012 by ed friedrich
Ferry folks will be riding the Bainbridge and Bremerton boats
this week to tell people about plans to renovate Colman Dock in
It’s not the fancy expansion and redevelopment they were talking about earlier, with a garden on the roof and all. It’ll just be fixing up what’s there, a big job in itself. The cost is estimated at $210 million.
The big plan was shelved because of low ridership projections and the focus on preserving existing facilities, according to a Department of Transportation information sheet. But the same paper says by 2030, the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route’s ridership is expected to increase by 39 percent, and by 25 percent for Seattle-Bremerton. Last year, 8.5 million riders used the Seattle terminal.
Part of the environmental process’ first step is outreach, which is bringing officials aboard the ferries. They’ll ride the 4:40 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. sailings from Seattle to Bainbridge on Wednesday and the 4:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. departures from Seattle to Bremerton on Thursday. The following Thursday, Feb. 16, there’ll be a public meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Puget Sound Regional Council board room, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, a short walk from the dock. Public comments will be accepted between Wednesday and March 15.
Colman Dock is aging, deteriorating and not the best place to be during an earthquake. The plan is to replace the timber trestle part of the dock, replace the main terminal building, reconfigure the dock layout, replace the vehicle transfer span and overhead loading structures on the northern slip, and replace vessel landing aids.
Advantages would be fewer conflicts between cars and pedestrians, better pedestrian connections to local transit service, and removal of tons of creosote-treated timber piles form Elliott Bay.
The tentative timetable is environmental process and preliminary design into 2013, design from 2013 to 2015 and construction from 2015 to 2020.