SR 21 - Keller Ferry Replacement - Completed August 2013

This project included construction of a replacement ferry boat with associated vehicle loading terminals.  The previous vessel, the Martha S., had been in service on this route since 1948. Replacement parts were no longer being commercially manufactured and had to be custom-made as needed. The vessel had a limited capacity, especially when large trucks were on board.


How you benefit

Improves safety
The new vessel, M/V Sanpoil, meets all current US Coast Guard safety regulations.

Relieves congestion
The Sanpoil can carry up to twice as many passenger vehicles per crossing.

Economic incentive
The Sanpoil is a modern vessel requiring fewer repairs, and reducing costs.


Partnerships & cooperation
WSDOT partnered with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) in the funding of this project.  CCT contributed $2 million toward the vessel construction cost.


Pre-Existing Funds (Includes CCT): $11,339,000
Total: $11,339,000


Contact us
Al Gilson, Communication Manager
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA  99207