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DEVELOPING | State agrees to build Island Home ferry for Whidbey

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen said state officials have agreed to build a new ferry for the Keystone-Port Townsend run.

Haugen, chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said the state will build the Island Home ferry.

"We're going to build a ferry. We're moving forward with one boat," Haugen told members of the Island County Council of Governments at its meeting today in Coupeville.

Only one bid was submitted for the ferry project, which was opened by Washington State Ferries on Nov. 13. The proposal, from Todd Shipyards, was a joint bid for $65.5 million for one ferry and $124.4 million for two.

The state originally projected $84.5 million for two boats.

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