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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Marta Coursey, WSF Director of Communications, 206-515-3918 (Seattle)
Riders encouraged to plan ahead for alternate service between Edmonds and Clinton
MUKILTEO –The Mukilteo ferry terminal will temporarily close for three extended weekends this spring for extensive preservation work. Riders of the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry route should begin making alternate travel plans now.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close the Mukilteo Terminal Friday through Sunday on March 18-20, March 25-27 and April 1-3.
During the closures crews will work on the transfer span and apron that link the vessel and the dock, replacing mechanical and electrical systems that operate these movable components.
“This work is vitally important to the safety of the Mukilteo terminal,” said David Moseley, assistant secretary for WSF. “We also realize it’s critical that we get this work done with as little disruption as possible to our riders who need to get to work, to school or other important activities.”
While the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry route will be out of service, WSDOT will provide alternate service between Edmonds and Clinton.
The Edmonds/Clinton ferry schedule will have 17 sailings on Friday and 16 on Saturday and Sunday, compared to 37 and 35 respectively on the normal Mukilteo/Clinton route and schedule. The crossing time between Edmonds and Clinton is approximately 50 minutes. The schedule is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/ferries/mukilteoterminal/preservation/MukilteoTerminalClosure.htm.
WSDOT is working with local community groups to minimize disruptions where possible. Customers can contact email@example.com to set up temporary carpools so they will receive preferential loading. For more information, visit the website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/ferries/mukilteoterminal/preservation.
WSDOT will distribute copies of the Edmonds/Clinton schedule and laminated Clinton dashboard signs at ferry terminals in February. WSDOT will also provide Clinton-bound customers information on how to access the Edmonds terminal to lessen potential traffic impacts.
WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 5-1-1.
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