If you got the Water Taxi alert re: Pier 50 sidewalk: Never mind

October 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm | In King County Water Taxi, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

Right around lunchtime today, the King County Water Taxi “alert” list got an alarming message saying that the sidewalk by the WT’s downtown dock, Pier 50, would be closed for work starting … immediately:

Water Taxi-riding WSB’ers e-mailed us (and posted in the WSB Forum) saying essentially: “WHAT?” We checked with King County Councilmember Joe McDermott‘s office, since he also chairs the Ferry District board. It was news to them too. BOTTOM LINE: We’ve just heard from Michelle Allison on the McDermott team, and she says the work has been postponed till November – AFTER the Viaduct closure. (The “alert” list subsequently received this:)

Meantime, our daily Viaduct updates have been delayed due to breaking news this afternoon (including some in White Center), but check back here later this evening! And remember, the closure starts at **7:30 pm** tomorrow – so it will NOT affect the Friday morning/evening rush hours.


  1. Great news! Thanks for sharing that. Glad the different organizations worked together to help make next weeks commute a little less confusing!

    Comment by raincity — 4:15 pm October 20, 2011 #

  2. Right hand, meet left hand!

    Comment by Pam — 4:23 pm October 20, 2011 #

  3. Evidence of our tax dollars & government agencies at work… Remember, they are here to help!

    Comment by Aman — 4:52 pm October 20, 2011 #

  4. This proves either one of two things:
    One – the city/county/state departments of transportation are not coordinating with each other – despite public claims to the contrary; or
    Two – there actually is a plot of combined departments of transportation (city/county/state) to make West Seattle residents feel inconvenience, pain, anguish, and pay a price for living in West Seattle.
    or perhaps both?

    Comment by chas redmond — 5:01 pm October 20, 2011 #

  5. I am hoping that there will be taxis at pier 50 for people who have to get to areas of Seattle – like Pill Hill – if they are walking sick and don’t want to take multiple buses?

    Comment by Dwight — 5:37 pm October 20, 2011 #

  6. I like “permitting error” as opposed to opps or “Our bad”…it was an error, so they are half-right.

    Comment by JayDee — 7:09 pm October 20, 2011 #

  7. Permitting error? More like user error. Serious lack of coordination with our local government(s).

    Comment by Krystal — 10:31 pm October 20, 2011 #

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