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


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Ferry Terminal Maintenance & Repair Project is anticipated to start Monday, June 29

The Ferry Terminal Maintenance and Repair Project is now anticipated to start June 29. We are currently waiting for our Engineers' final approval of the Contractor's Work Plan.

Construction is scheduled to take place entirely outside of normal operating hours; therefore, regular ferry service should not be interrupted. The ferry will continue to operate on the normal non-peak sailing schedule.

However, after-hours emergency response between the docks with the car ferry will not be possible during most of the construction phase. Guemes Fire has issued a notice to island residents, available at www.linetime.org, regarding after-hours medical response during construction.

For project related questions contact the Project Manager, David Walde, at 360-416-1437, or by email at davidw@co.skagit.wa.us.
Previous project communication sent 6/17/2020

The Ferry Terminal Maintenance & Repair Project will start June 24

The Ferry Terminal Maintenance and Repair project will begin June 24 and is anticipated to be complete by early August. Construction is scheduled to take place entirely outside of normal operating hours; therefore, regular ferry service should not be interrupted. However, after-hours emergency response between the docks with the car ferry will not be possible during most of the construction phase.

This project will address a number of high priority repair 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.

Work on the Anacortes dock will take place June 24 through July 9. Work on the Guemes Island dock will take place July 10 through July 30.

For project related questions contact the Project Manager, David Walde, at 360-416-1437, or by email at davidw@co.skagit.wa.us.

Ferry Dock Maintenance & Repair Project Announcement
Skagit County has two separate projects currently in progress for the maintenance and repair of the Anacortes and Guemes Island Ferry bridges.

Ferry Terminal Maintenance – Phase 2, is expected to begin construction June 24, 2020 and run through early August. Construction is scheduled to take place entirely outside of normal operating hours; therefore, regular ferry service should not be interrupted. However, there will be times after-hours that the car ferry will not be available for emergency response.
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.

The Ferry Dock Rehabilitation project is currently in the design phase, with permitting in progress now. Construction is scheduled for 2020-2021. 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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Contact

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 
rrowe@co.skagit.wa.us


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