Coupeville ferry riders should expect delays

Anyone planning to drive onto the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry in May should make reservations as soon as possible, a Washington State Ferries spokesman warns.

Anyone planning to drive onto the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry in May should make reservations as soon as possible, a Washington State Ferries spokesman warns.

Brian Mannion said the run was supposed to go to a two-boat service on May 6 to handle the increased traffic in the busy season, but the ferry that was supposed to be added, the Salish, now needs repairs.

A recent inspection by divers revealed that parts of the rudder are showing significant signs of wear.

Mannion said it’s not unexpected that the parts would be worn and have to be replaced; he likened them to brake pads on a car.

The work will take about one week.

“The catch is there’s no dry dock available until May 16 in Puget Sound,” Mannion said.

The ferries were made especially for the difficult conditions.

State Ferries is adding an additional nighttime run on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Still, Mannion concedes it likely won’t be able to handle all the traffic.

“The good news is that there are still plenty of reservations,” he said. “The bad news is we definitely expect it to be at full capacity.”

Mannion said the goal is to have the Salish in service by May 26, just in time for Memorial Day.

 

More in News

New Trustland Trails path draws ire from nearby residents

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District crews constructed a new wooded pathway… Continue reading

State lawmakers re-consider eliminating statute of limitations on sex crimes

By Taylor McAvoy WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bill passed in the… Continue reading

Langley City Council approves property rezoning

A quandary spanning several months over property zoning in a Langley neighborhood… Continue reading

Wait over for Saturday bus service on Whidbey

Island Transit set to roll Jan. 27

Man accused of putting gun to woman’s head in Clinton

A 33-year-old man is accused of putting a gun to a Clinton… Continue reading

Burglars steal from robotics club in Clinton

Burglars stole about $3,000 worth of equipment from South Whidbey children who… Continue reading

Federal marijuana stance doesn’t change anything for Whidbey entrepreneurs, law enforcement

The U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that federal cannabis laws will… Continue reading

Rising acidity levels could put marine life at risk, expert says

Reversing the consequences of ocean acidification would be like steering the Titanic… Continue reading

More savings, profits than expected at closed school, center

The closure of Langley Middle School is estimated to save more money… Continue reading

Most Read