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

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News and Notices

September 10 and 11 Service Alert
The ferry system will have overnight outages tonight and tomorrow night due to scheduled dock maintenance to replace the transfer span hoist winches and cabling. We anticipate this should only take two nights (one per dock) as the Contractor is to have the winches and cabling in place and operational for the morning ferry runs.

The Anacortes dock will be out of service beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 and is scheduled to resume service at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11. The Guemes Island dock will be out of service beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11 and is scheduled to resume service at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12.

We will post additional updates if any of this information changes.

Ferry Operations & Service Analysis – New survey open until September 15
Content: Skagit County is working with BERK Consulting and KPFF Consulting Engineers to study possible system improvements that address issues identified by the ferry community in two previous online surveys. Once we understand what you are most interested in, we will look at the operational and cost implications of the preferred options.

BERK and KPFF’s work will result in two packages of system improvement options (both prioritizing two round-trips per hour).
                Package 1: Service improvements that can be attained with minimal investment
                Package 2: Additional service improvements that come at a higher cost

Future opportunities for feedback will be a November 7 public forum on Guemes Island and a second online survey this fall. You can send comments regarding the system improvement study to

Once the study is complete, we will present the packages to the County Commissioners in January 2020.

For more information visit To view results of previous surveys, visit the Guemes Ferry Replacement Survey and the Guemes Ferry System Improvements Survey.

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.



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