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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.

August 2017

August 19, 2017

8:15 am - 10:30 am 


August 20, 2017

9:00 am - 11:15 am


August 21, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 noon


August 22, 2017

11:00 am - 12:15 pm


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.