2018 Water Street Enhancement Project

Port Townsend is paving the way to a brighter future. The Water Street Enhancement Project will take place from January through June, 2018. The project will replace aging infrastructure, improve street drainage, add streetscape improvements and street trees, and lay foundation for undergrounding utilities. The $2.7 million project will enhance the downtown corridor, increase public safety and walkability with ADA improvements, lay the groundwork for undergrounding utilities and enhance the character of the downtown commercial historic district.

March – Free Walking Tours “Sin at Sea Level: Historic Downtown Walking Tour”: A guide from the Jefferson County Historical Society will take you on a tour of Water Street. You’ll hear tales of Port Townsend’s rowdy seaport days, see beautiful historical architecture, and learn about some of the colorful characters who built the town in the 1800s and revitalized it as an arts community and counter culture haven in the 1900s. Join us Saturdays at 2 pm on March 17 & 31 at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History, 540 Water Street. Presented by the Jefferson County Historical Society in collaboration with the Port Townsend Main Street Program “Paving the Way to a Brighter Future” campaign.

The Victorian Festival is March 24 & 25. Visit www.vicfest.org

Revisit this page for updates during the construction project!

Special Events and Activities

January – June Port Townsend “Believe or Knot!” Game—a fun excuse to come downtown, pique your interest in unbelievable facts (or fiction!) about the salty seaport of Port Townsend. Complete the game and be entered in prize drawings. Entries can only win $100 once but they can still be in the drawing for $500.  Believe It Or Knot Game Card

January – June “Celebrity Concierges”—friendly volunteer greeters will answer questions and be there for you “In the Zone” from 1 to 3 pm on Saturdays during Construction. Customer TLC, coupon books, and maps to get you around downtown.

April – “Step It Up!” Get your steps in and check in with the participating stores to be entered in a prize drawing. Details coming soon.

May – May is Art Wave—children’s art in the stores. Additional arts-related events will be offered—stay tuned for developments.

June – Tyler Street Plaza Wrap-Up Party –join the party and celebrate the completion of the project and a beautiful new public space created on Tyler Street. Music, food and fun!


Port Townsend has an expansive list of special events throughout the year, there are lots of reasons to come downtown during the construction period.

The public could check out Walking Tours in March with the Jefferson County Historical Society, the Victorian Festival March 23-25, Twisted History Ghost Tours, take part in the Port Townsend Film Festival’s Women in Film, get tickets to Key City Public Theatre events, take a PTeRider tour or grab your goggles for the Steampunk event in June.

The RevitalizeWA Conference is coming to Port Townsend April 23-25, 2018 with workshops, conference tours, social events and an awards banquet. The Port Townsend Main Street Program is expecting 250- 270 guests from across the state; it’s an opportunity to showcase Port Townsend’s historic districts, including lodgings, shops and restaurants.

Subject to change. Paving the Way to a Brighter Future is funded in part by the City of Port Townsend, First Federal and the Port Townsend Main Street Program.

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Photo: Jefferson County Historical Society. Hard Hat Logo: Max Grover