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Vashon Island Low Tides

Trucks with a clearance of less than 14" should not travel to/from the north end of Vashon and Pt. Defiance, during the following date/times.


  There are no low tide restrictions for Sept. 2016 


October 2016


Oct. 17, 2016

11:30pm - midnight


Oct. 18, 2016

midnight - 1:30am


Oct. 19, 2016

midnight - 2:30am


Oct. 20, 2016

1:00am - 3:15am


This affects the following routes:

Fauntleroy (West Seattle) / Vashon
Southworth / Vashon
Pt. Defiance / Tahlequah

At low tides these loading ramps create a steep slope where the hinge at the top causes an extreme angle for trucks or RVs with a low ground clearance. Waiting for a higher tide allows for this angle to lessen at the bridge seat (top). This allows for safer clearances for vehicles low to the ground and keeps them from scraping or hanging up at these locations.