New Seattle seawall would be 10 to 15 feet inland

Associated Press

SEATTLE — The new seawall on the Seattle waterfront would be built 10 to 15 feet inland from the existing seawall.

The Seattle Transportation Department’s project manager, Jennifer Wielend, says cantilevered sidewalk would connect to businesses and services on the piers.

Wieland told the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce moving inland would make the seawall easier to construct and create new aquatic habitat.

The city hopes to begin construction next year on a $300 million seawall to replace the existing seawall that was built between 1916 and 1934. Funding depends on a bond measure on the November ballot.

The goal is to finish the seawall in 2016.

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