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  • No hospital addition construction work is planned for Saturday, Aug. 29, or Sunday, Aug. 30. 

Temporary Closure of Seneca Turnaround Drop-Off Area

  • To ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors during construction of the connector between the addition and the main hospital, we have temporarily closed the drop-off area in front of the lobby on Seneca. We anticipate reopening the turnaround driveway in late September.
  • Meanwhile, we have installed appropriate signage to the entrance and exit points from Seneca, indicating alternate drop-off and pick-up locations in front of the Emergency Department, Lindeman Pavilion and Buck Pavilion. 
  • Revisions have been made and appropriate signage has been installed to the entrance and exit points from Seneca. Pedestrian traffic from Lindeman to the hospital is being re-routed to the east side of Terry Avenue, and pedestrians need to use the east crosswalk across Seneca. 
  • To ensure the safety of pedestrians using the front entrance of the hospital, we have installed a covered, secure walkway in front of the breezeway (near Tully's Coffee) that allows people to come and go from the hospital on foot. Through that covered area, bicyclists can access the bike rack near the lobby doors.
  • These measures will remain in effect through the end of September. 

Monday through Friday

  • Construction on the connection from the main hospital to the new hospital building continues. 
  • The concrete walls you see are not the final exterior walls for the hospital addition. This week, we will continue preparations for installation of the building's façade, beginning on Spring Street. 
  • Also this week, we will complete the dismantling and removal of the wall forms used to pour concrete for the elevator cores. By the end of the week, the mobile crane will be removed from the site. 
  • Intermittent concrete pours continue on Seneca and Boren Avenue throughout the week. Concrete trucks will begin pouring at 8 a.m. on Seneca and 9 a.m. on Boren. Seneca and Boren will be limited to one lane in each direction during these intermittent pours. Parking on the south side of Seneca also will be unavailable temporarily.  
  • Steel deliveries for the main concrete structure continue this week on Seneca and Spring. This work requires temporary parking restrictions on the north and south sides of Seneca (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, north side; 24 hours/seven days a week, south side).
  • Residents may hear an air horn on occasion. This is a safety alert to inform workers that a heavy load is about to be lifted across the construction site.
  • View our webcam at

Sidewalk and Street Closures

  • Spring Street - Spring and its north sidewalk between Boren and Terry will be closed 24 hours a day. The south sidewalk will be open to pedestrians throughout the week.
  • Boren Avenue - The westward southbound lane on Boren between Seneca and Spring will be closed during normal construction hours and open after construction hours. The sidewalk will be closed 24 hours a day.
  • Seneca Street - For the time being, the south sidewalk on Seneca between Boren and Terry will be closed. The north sidewalk will be open.
  • Parking Spaces - The four parking stalls west of Boren on only the south side of Seneca will continue to be closed to parking.

Commitment to Crane Safety
Virginia Mason and our work team are deeply committed to ensuring 100-percent safety for our neighbors and our team. Visit our dedicated Web page for tower-crane safety information and activities at You may also call our construction hotline, (206) 341-1511, any time to leave questions or concerns. We also ask that you use this hotline as a way to report unusual activity on or around the site.

In Closing
Thank you for your patience throughout the construction period. We apologize for the inconvenience these activities may cause. As updated information becomes available, we will share it with you.

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