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Saturday, July 23, 2016 05:44 PM

Ana/SJs - Update - ADA Alert - Elwha Elevator Out Of Service
The elevator on the Elwha is out of service. The passenger cabin is only accessible via the stairway. An ADA portable restroom is available on the car deck. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Sunday, July 24, 2016 07:11 AM

Edm/King: SR-104 closed Aug. 1-5; ferry traffic detoured
From Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, WSDOT will close State Route 104 outside of Kingston between Miller Road NE and Barber Cut-off Road. All SR-104 traffic will be detoured around the closure, including ferry traffic. Please follow detour signs and plan for delays by scheduling extra time for your commute. WSDOT is replacing an outdated culvert to improve fish passage; more information about the project is available at:Project Information. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Thursday, July 14, 2016 05:19 PM

PD/Tah - Limited height clearance on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route
While the Tillikum is temporarily assigned to the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route, vehicles taller than 13 feet 5 inches may be restricted from traveling on this vessel due to the limited height clearance. Alternate routes are Southworth/Vashon and Fauntleroy/Vashon.


Thursday, July 14, 2016 05:19 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Overflow vehicle holding pattern at Colman Dock
Because of the SR-99 Tunnel and Elliott Bay Seawall projects, please be advised that on busy travel days this summer—particularly Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings—drivers departing the Seattle ferry terminal may need to use an on-street ferry holding lane when Colman Dock’s holding area reaches capacity. Be prepared to see uniformed police officers stationed at certain intersections to direct traffic.

  • Northbound drivers will be directed to the holding lane, which runs on southbound Alaskan Way.
  • Left turns from northbound Alaskan Way at Yesler Way will be limited to freight, motorcycles and vanpools only.

A map with the holding lane can be found at Colman Dock access.

Travelers should prepare for additional congestion along Alaskan Way and nearby streets as drivers adjust to the new configuration. Drivers headed to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton or dropping off passengers should arrive well ahead of scheduled sailing times or consider traveling during off-peak times.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ferry holding lane, please contact viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call the program hotline at 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463). If you have questions about Elliott Bay Seawall Project construction, email seawall@waterfrontseattle.org or call 206-618-8584.


Thursday, July 14, 2016 05:19 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Seattle Public Utilities Working on Pump Station
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is performing improvements to the existing pump station facility located along the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Work will begin March 21 and take about four months. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, with one ferry traffic lane closed between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The parking lot near the entrance of the terminal will be closed during construction for staging. For more information, call SPU Project Manager Grace Manzano at (206) 233-1534.


Thursday, July 14, 2016 05:19 PM

Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock – All Vehicles Over 30-Feet Exit at Yesler Way
The existing Marion Street exit is closed and a temporary exit between Marion and Madison streets closer to the fire station is open. This change requires trucks and vehicles over 30-feet in length to use the Yesler Way exit because the turn radius at the new, temporary exit north of Marion Street is not wide enough for vehicles longer than 30 feet. The temporary exit changes are needed to make room for on-going Seawall Project construction adjacent to Colman Dock. Map.


Thursday, July 14, 2016 05:19 PM

Anacortes/Sidney BC - Identification is Required
U.S. and Canadian citizens 16 years of age and older traveling to or from Sidney BC must have one of the following designated documents: current passport, current passport card, enhanced driver's license (EDL), or "trusted traveler" document such as a Nexus Card. Travelers must have required travel documents ready and in hand upon arrival at the tollbooth.