Concrete shortage delays Seattle waterfront project


Seattle waterfront - Fall 2020. A concrete shortage has delayed completion of the Seattle waterfront project to 2025.

Seattle waterfront – Fall 2020. A concrete shortage has delayed completion of the Seattle waterfront project to 2025.

CLAIRE MAULDING, SPECIALLY FOR THE SEATTLEPIA

Construction on the Seattle waterfront project has been delayed for a year due to a lack of concrete, the Waterfront and Civic Projects city offices said in an update on its website. This further adds to the list of construction projects hit by a months-long strike by hundreds of concrete drivers in King County.

The strike began on December 3, when negotiations between Teamsters Local 174 and the employers of more than 300 employees at six local businesses stalled over disagreements over a health plan for retirees. Last month, drivers agreed to return to work while negotiations continue.

“We look forward to seeing larger concrete deliveries back at the site, although we expect it could be a few weeks before we see more regular concrete,” the city said in the update. “We are now actively planning highly anticipated deliveries for items critical to our construction, as well as assessing the overall impact of program delays, as well as potential mitigation strategies.”

The waterfront project, originally slated for completion in 2024, is now expected to be completed in 2025, the city said. The $835 million project spans 20 acres and includes general improvements, a new park boardwalk and a pedestrian connection to Pike Place Market.

Construction on the project started in 2017.

News of the project being delayed due to the concrete driver’s strike makes it the most recent major civilian project to be impacted. Repair work on the West Seattle Bridge was put on hold until early April and completion dates for the State Route 520 project — along with several Sound Transit Light Rail extensions — have been postponed.

The city said project timelines will be updated and additional information on project progress will be shared as it becomes available.



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