- 2011 Projects:
Ferry Terminal Building
Construction of the new terminal building has finally come to an end.
The ferry crew moved in and began operating out of the new building
on Octo-ber 6, 2010, and has spent the last few months getting the building
On October 11, 2010, Skagit Countys contractor, Myers General,
removed the old building from the site by hoisting it up and over the
existing sheds with a 250-ton crane from Sicklesteel Cranes. The building
was sold to an Anacortes resident and is now located near the Anacortes
The new building was primarily funded through a grant from the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A key element of this project
was providing employment; as a result, the project employed 377 different
individuals totaling 7,251.3 hours of work and provided $281,121.36
in direct wages to those workers.
Skagit County would like to thank all of the Guemes Island residents
and City of Anacortes neighbors for so patiently put-ting up with the
detours, noise, construction traffic, and other inconveniences while
we were completing this project.
We also want to extend a big thank you to our Board of Skagit County
Commissioners, funding partners, contractors, consultants, and staff:
WSDOT Highways and
Local Programs, Theisen Architects, Myers General Commercial Corp. and
all subcontractors, Widener and Associates, Materials Testing and Consulting,
Past Ferry Manager Ron Panzero, Ferry Manager Rachel Beck, and her crew
Skagit County Public Works Engineering staff.
For more information, contact David Walde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boat Haul-Out and Maintenance
To improve reliability, lower costs, and protect capital improvement,
Skagit County has adopted a maintenance program that includes an an-nual
haul-out of the M/V Guemes. In 2011, the ferry will not be hauled out;
however, the vessel will still undergo maintenance in the spring while
it is out of service due to the Ferry Dock Rehabilitation Project.
In addition to other maintenance items performed during the 2010 haul-out,
Skagit County removed and replaced one main engine. This spring, the
removed engine will be rebuilt, and our second main en-gine will be
replaced. Both engines are five years old and have sur-passed 20,000
hours and are in need of a complete rebuild. The engine re-build and
replacement will take place during the Ferry Dock Rehabilitation Project.
Skagit County currently owns three main engines for the ferry and has
one stored at all times at the Skagit County Road Shop.
For more information, contact Rachel Beck at email@example.com.
The Asphalt Overlay Project will resurface I Avenue from its intersec-tion
with 6th Street north to the approach of the bridge span. All ferry
lanes and parking stalls along I Avenue will also be re-striped. The
over-lay will commence in May, 2011 during the Dock Rehabilitation Project.
For more information, contact Jennifer Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skagit County appreciates your patience as we continue to obtain
quotes for an automated ticket vending machine. As many of you know,
a Request for Proposals for a ticket machine went out in 2010. Recently,
Skagit County rejected the single proposal we received due to the high
cost of the machine. We are working toward getting a ticket machine
in the terminal building as soon as possible. For more information,
contact Rachel Beck at email@example.com.
Dock Rehabilitation Project
The Ferry Dock Rehabilitation Project is planned to begin in spring,
2011. The ferry docks at both Anacortes and Guemes Island do not meet
Washington State Department of Transportation sufficiency rating standards
for bridges. As a result, both docks are in need of girder replacement
due to significant corrosion, cracking, and spalling from years of saltwater
The contractor will begin working at the Guemes terminal mid-January
through February 15, 2011. During this time, the contractor will drive
piles for the installation of the temporary float and shoring for the
bridge. Ferry ridership will not be affected during this time. In March,
the contractor will resume work and will install the temporary floats
for pedestrian access.
The main construction for the Dock Rehabilitation Project is expected
to take 8-10 weeks to complete; the anticipated dock closure dates are
March 28 May 22, 2011. During this time, a temporary passenger-only
ferry will be in service from Cap Sante Boat Haven in Anacortes to a
temporary floating dock (west of the ferry landing) at Guemes Island.
Skagit County is securing vehicle parking at the Cap Sante Boat Haven;
however, the exact location will not be determined until temporary passenger-only
ferry service has been arranged. Skagit County will also provide temporary
barge service to allow for fuel, propane, recycling, and garbage services
while the project is in progress. Ferry ridership will not be affected
until the end of March, 2011.
Skagit County has received over $1.5 million in BRAC funding as well
as $1.1 million from the Ferry Boat Discretionary Fund for this project.
Skagit County is committed to keeping our riders informed and will provide
more information on the project as it becomes available. For more information
on the project, contact Jennifer Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The expiration date for punch cards purchased in 2010 (excluding the
23-trip monthly passes) has been extended until January 31, 2011. Punch
cards purchased between January 1, 2011 and March 28, 2011 (excluding
the 23-trip monthly passes) will expire December 31, 2011.
During the Ferry Dock Rehabilitation Project, the ferry will be out
of service from approximately March 28, 2011 to May 22, 2011. During
this time, a temporary passenger-only service will provide ferry service
from Cap Sante Boat Haven in Anacortes to a temporary floating dock
at Guemes Island. Skagit County will not charge anyone utilizing this
ser-vice; therefore, we will not have a purser selling tickets or punch
cards during this time. Ticket sales and punch card sales will resume
once the ferry returns to service.
Any changes to the fare structure that may take effect in 2011 will
be announced prior to the vessel's return to service following the Ferry
Dock Rehabilitation Project. Until this time, all policies regarding
ticket sales remain in effect.
For more information on the Guemes Island Ferry 2010 Capital Improvement
Program visit skagitcounty.net/ferry or contact Rachel Beck at email@example.com.
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