Ferry riders heading from Seattle will feel the squeeze this week as crews start demolishing part of the 50-year-old Washington State Ferries terminal in order to make way for a new facility.
About half of Colman Dock terminal is to be closed off to the public so workers can start tearing it down. The facility is considered seismically vulnerable. Many of the wood pilings supporting it are riddled with marine termites.
Passengers who board the ferries via 2 separate waiting areas - one for Bainbridge and one for Bremerton - will have one waiting area for both destinations, and a single set of turnstiles.
The information booth and ticket window will move to new locations. Many of the shops have already been closed. However, ferry riders will still enter or exit the terminal as they previously have, and Marion Street pedestrian bridge to First Avenue is still open.
Plywood walls will separate public boarding areas from demolition and construction activities. The changes will last until 2019 summer.