Local Information

Keller Ferry out of service for repairs the weekend of Oct. 4-5, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 15:05

Al Gilson, Communications Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA  99207
509-324-6015
gilsona@wsdot.wa.gov

 Update 10/6/2014:  Service resumed at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 6
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Weekend drivers who planned on using the Keller Ferry to cross the Columbia River via State Route 21 will need to find another route.

The Keller Ferry will be out of service starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, for hull repairs. Service is anticipated to resume on Monday, Oct. 6, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Over the weekend, vessel builder Foss Maritime of Seattle will make permanent repairs to a 1 ¾ inch-long hairline crack located on the port side of the vessel. The crack was discovered over the summer by WSDOT ferry operators.

Vessel builder, Foss Maritime of Seattle, will complete the repairs under warranty. A team from the Washington State Ferries Vessel Engineering Division will monitor the work. Final approval of the repairs must be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard before the ferry can return to service.

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Ferry Service Status Information: Up to the minute service information for the Keller Ferry is always available via your telephone. Just dial 888-808-7977 (toll-free) from any landline or cell phone. The Washington State Ferries automated system will answer, give the time, and will list the Main Menu. When the automated voice says “Main Menu” you just reply by speaking: “KELLER FERRY.” The system will then jump to the current Keller Ferry recorded information. Keller ferry service updates can also be received by text message on your cell phone. To sign up, go to http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ and click on the “Email/Text Updates” link in the upper right corner of the website, then follow the directions. Spokane Area and Keller ferry updates are also on Twitter by following @SRTMC

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