For most of the year, the official tree of Seattle is the construction crane. We seem to be in a perpetual state of growth in terms of buildings, height, density, and construction. For many, it can be distracting and a bit of a nuisance when you’re trying to get from Point A to Point B.
Before you know it, the holiday season will be here. Depending on where you shop and what interest you have in pumpkin spiced foodstuffs, it may have begun already. Either way, the city of Seattle is keenly aware of the increase in traffic that comes with peak shopping season and they want to make sure all of this construction doesn’t hamper things further.
So, between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day, November 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017, the city will have a Holiday Construction Moratorium in effect.
During the moratorium, most construction which impacts the right-of-way (streets and sidewalks) will be prohibited in the Central Retail Shopping District or Pioneer Square District (see map below). Construction outside the moratorium zones may also be restricted if work would have a significant impact on the traveling public.
Right now, you might see ongoing construction in these regions pick up the pace a little bit in order to make up for the impending moratorium. Though you should note that “limited exceptions” may be made for projects that “do not impede the right of way, or are brief and quiet enough to be done during nighttime hours.” So don’t freak out too much if you see some cranes moving around one night. So long as they’re not impacting shoppers and traffic, they’re probably cool.