Travel Alert Bulletins

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 06:05 PM

Faunt/Va/SW & PD/Tah - Heavy Motorcycle Traffic Sunday, 8/30
Drivers should anticipate heavier than normal motorcycle traffic on Vashon Island this Sunday, Aug. 30 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To expedite processing through the tollbooth, riders are encouraged to pre-purchase their ferry tickets online or at a kiosk at any terminal. Due to construction at the Vashon terminal, extra caution is advised when driving through the construction zone.


Monday, August 24, 2015 01:20 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Plan For Reduced Capacity Week Of 8/24
Starting Monday, Aug. 24, customers are advised to prepare for at least a week of longer than usual wait times due to a temporary vessel downsizing on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route. The temporary downsizing is needed to maintain a full, system-wide sailing schedule while the Tokitae and Elwha are out of service for necessary repairs and maintenance. The F/V/S route will be served by the 124-car Issaquah, 87-car Tillikum and 87-car Evergreen State.


Monday, August 24, 2015 01:20 PM

Muk/Clin - Plan For Reduced Capacity Week Of 8/24
Starting Monday, Aug. 24 customers are advised to prepare for at least a week of longer than usual wait times due to a temporary vessel downsizing on the Mukilteo/Clinton route. The route will be served by the 124-car Kittitas and the 124-car Cathlamet while the Tokitae is out of service for scheduled maintenance.


Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:25 PM

Vashon - Bicycles And Motorcycles Use 103rd For Fauntleroy And Southworth
All bicyclists and motorcycles must access the Vashon dock via 103rd Ave. SW. It is unsafe to bypass the queue of waiting Fauntleroy-bound vehicles by riding against traffic on Vashon Highway. For your safety, please use 103rd and stop and wait for instructions from the flagger at the bottom of the hill before riding onto the dock.


Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:25 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Construction At Vashon Terminal
Construction to seismically upgrade the 60-year-old Vashon ferry dock will begin. During construction, vehicles will not be allowed to wait on the dock. Southworth-bound vehicles will stage in the right lane of 103rd Ave. SW, the left lane will remain open to one-way through traffic. Fauntleroy-bound vehicles will be staged on Vashon Highway SW. Motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians will be able to wait for ferries at the terminal building. Motorcycles heading to Southworth or Fauntleroy may access the dock from 103rd Ave. SW. Flaggers stationed at the terminal entrance will direct traffic and assist ADA customers with drop-off and pick-up. Learn more about the Vashon Trestle Replacement Project.


Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:25 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Oversized vehicles traveling from Fauntleroy and Vashon
Due to construction at the Vashon terminal, the following operational changes remain in effect for Southworth-bound oversized vehicles traveling from Fauntleroy and Vashon: From Vashon to Southworth, vehicles more than 38 feet long will be limited to six designated sailings per day. From Fauntleroy to Southworth, vehicles more than 7 feet tall or more than 22 feet long will be able to travel on all but six designated sailings per day. Please view the printed or online schedule for the impacted sailings.


Thursday, August 27, 2015 09:08 PM

Fa/Va/SW – Vashon Medical and ADA PU and Drop-Off Use 103rd Ave SW
Medical priority and ADA customers who need to be dropped-off or picked-up closer to the ferry may do so by checking in with the flagger at the intersection of 103rd Ave. SW and the terminal entrance. Please check the schedule and plan to arrive while a vessel is not loading or unloading. You can see real-time locations of our ferries on Vessel Watch. Vanpools also may bypass ferry lines by taking 103rd Ave. SW and checking in with the flagger. During construction, 103rd Ave. SW will remain a one-way street between SW 112th St. and the terminal entrance. The right lane will be used to stage Southworth vehicles. The left lane will remain open to through traffic. Learn more about the Vashon Trestle Replacement Project.


Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:25 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.


Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:25 PM

Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock – Exterior Pedestrian Stairways Closed
Ongoing Seawall Project construction adjacent to Colman Dock will temporarily close the north and south exterior stairways to the terminal building through fall 2015. Pedestrian access will be maintained via outside elevator, the Marion Street pedestrian bridge and a street-level crossing leading to the indoor terminal ramps. Map.


Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:25 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.


Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:25 PM

Ana/SJ's - Elwha Out of Service Through Summer Season
The 48-year-old Elwha will remain out of service for approximately four months while crews perform emergency repairs to a drive motor. We realize having one of our mid-sized vessels out for an extended period of time puts a strain on travelers, especially during the height of our busiest season. Until further notice, the 124-car Kitsap will continue to serve the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route in place of the Elwha.