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County Engineer: Paul A. Randall-Grutter, P.E. Ferry Operations Manager: Rachel Rowe

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Guemes Ferry Operation Improvements Survey

Asks what ferry operation improvements the community would be willing to pay for.

July 17 Community Meeting
Thank you to those of you who attended the July 17 community meeting, hosted by the County Commissioners, with Public Works, BERK, KPFF to discuss the operations and service analysis. Presentation / Audio For more information, visit

Ferry Dock Maintenance & Repair Project Announcement:
Skagit County has three separate projects currently in progress for maintenance and repair of the Anacortes and Guemes Island ferry docks. 
Skagit County signed a contract with American Construction, Inc. on April 22, 2019, for the Ferry Terminal Winch Replacement project. This project will replace the 40-year-old transfer span winches. Overnight construction is anticipated in late June/early July 2019, once new winch components have been fabricated.

  • Update 7/30/2019: The Ferry Terminal Winch Replacement Project is in the construction phase. Our Contractor, American Construction, Inc. is waiting on the fabrication of the winch drums, which has taken longer than anticipated. Installation is expected by the end of August.

Ferry Terminal Maintenance – Phase 2, is expected to go to bid in June 2019, with construction anticipated to start in September 2019. This project will address a number of items on both docks, including the repair of the apron gusset plates, and replacement of the counterweight cables and sheaves, apron hinge pins, and headframe handrails, among other items.

  • Update 7/30/2019: The Ferry Terminal Maintenance – Phase 2 Project is nearing the end of the design phase. We have completed the final review of the design drawings and are in the process of writing the bid specifications. We anticipate bidding the project in late August/early September with repairs starting later this fall.

The Ferry Dock Rehabilitation project is currently in the design phase, with construction scheduled for 2020. This project will replace three concrete girders that Skagit County was not able to replace during the dock reconstruction in 2011. These girders are located under the NE corner of the dock, well outside of the area where vehicular traffic drives. These three girders are the main factor in the lower sufficiency rating given to the Anacortes dock.
Once all these projects are complete, the Washington State Department of Transportation will reevaluate the sufficiency rating of the docks during its next bridge inspection.

More information on how WSDOT and the Federal Highway Administration classify bridges.


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Captain Rachel Rowe
Ferry Operations Division Manager
Skagit County Public Works

Anacortes Terminal - 500 I Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221
Ferry Office: (360) 293-6433   Cell: (360) 333-1496 
Direct Line: (360) 416-1466     Fax: (360) 293-1899