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Repeat of temporary weekend ferry schedule on Seattle routes Oct 27-28

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 13:24

Broch Bender, communications, 206-305-5516

Crews need extra weekend to finish building work platform on Colman dock

SEATTLE – Customers can expect a second weekend of temporary sailing schedule changes due to only one slip available for ferries at Colman Dock on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28. The Pacific Lifter, a giant barge with a floating crane, will occupy the second slip so crews can finish installing piles for a work platform.

Last weekend's foggy weather prevented crews from installing all the steel piles needed to support the platform on the north side of the dock. The work platform will be used by crews replacing the seismically-vulnerable dock and passenger terminal.

"The north side of Colman Dock is supported by 70-year-old creosote piles and beams that cannot support the weight of the construction crane needed to rebuild the dock," said Director of Terminal Engineering Nicole McIntosh. "The work platform we're building is critical because it will support the heavy crane needed to pull out these very old timber piles and replace them with sturdy steel piles."

Crews installed three of the eight steel piles needed to support the new platform last weekend. The remaining five steel piles will be installed this weekend, weather permitting.

"There's a reason this time of year is called 'Fog-tober,'" said Construction Engineer Bryant Bullamore. "We will do our best to get the work done, but if we can't see what we're doing there is a chance we'll have to stop work and pick it up again the following weekend."

Tips to prepare for Oct 27-28 changes

  • Plan ahead: Departure times will be different on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. Check the schedule in advance.
  • Arrive early in Seattle: If departing from Colman Dock, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your sailing.
  • Add extra travel time: Crossing times will be longer when the single slip is occupied.
  • Check VesselWatch: Get real-time status of your ferry's location on the route.

There will be much less room for vehicles waiting to load during the weekend work. Vehicles in line for Bremerton and Bainbridge Island departures will share holding lanes on the south side of Colman Dock. When the dock is full, people in vehicles will wait in overflow vehicle holding lanes on Pier 48. It is important for all travelers to watch for signs and follow ferry terminal crew directions at the toll plaza and inside the passenger terminal building.

Colman Dock is Washington state's largest ferry terminal and supports transportation across Puget Sound between downtown Seattle and communities in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. More than 10 million people use the terminal each year, but it is aging and vulnerable to earthquake damage. Construction to replace the terminal began in August 2017 and will continue until 2023.

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries nearly 25 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter.

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