Topic: Transportation

Dangerous Beauty

Written on December 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm, by

Steve Roberts shot this photo on First Street last night. It sure is a thing of beauty, but if you don’t need to go out, consider staying home. Now’s a good time to binge on Netflix or read that book you keep putting off. Also a good time to avoid giving EMS and the ER  Continue Reading

Winter Weather and County Roads

Written on December 22, 2021 at 4:21 am, by

Snow is currently in the forecast for this weekend. If you would like to learn more about how the County prioritizes and responds to snow events on County Roads please visit Map Gallery | San Juan County, WA see where you can view our priority maps and plans for snow removal. Please remember, winter weather  Continue Reading

Reservations Returning

Written on December 10, 2021 at 4:41 am, by

This just in from WSF… Vehicle reservations for travel on the San Juan Islands and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes after New Year’s Day are scheduled to open next week should the current four-boat service remain sustainable. Winter season reservations will be available at 7 a.m. PST on Friday, Dec. 17. The winter schedule runs from Jan.  Continue Reading

Now Open – Killebrew Lake Road

Written on December 2, 2021 at 12:21 am, by

UPDATE – Killebrew Lake Road on Orcas Island is now open. Public Works completed their assessment Thursday morning and have determined that the road is safe to open. Laporte Road remains closed just past the intersection with John Jones Road.

Laporte Road on Orcas Island Closed

Written on November 29, 2021 at 3:59 pm, by

A blocked culvert has created a dangerous situation on Laporte Road on Orcas Island. A large amount of water has built up on the uphill side of the road, and the roadway is in danger of failure, in particular with more rain in the forecast. The closure is on Laporte Road, just up from the  Continue Reading

Town awarded Transportation Improvement Board grants to improve Marguerite Place and Nash Street

Written on November 26, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

Marguerite Place and Nash Street will undergo major improvements in the next two years thanks to $1,469,783 in grant funding awarded to the Town by the state’s Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).  Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. In addition to rebuilding the existing roadway, sidewalks will be added to  Continue Reading

Quick Update on Point Lawrence Road Repairs

Written on November 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm, by

This is from the SJC Dept. of Emergency Management… Things are looking good for a potential opening tomorrow (Tuesday – knock on wood). Public Works is awaiting delivery of barriers for the road edge that are due to arrive on the 5:30am ferry on Tuesday from Anacortes. Once those are placed and final site work  Continue Reading

Crow Valley Road Closure

Written on November 19, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

Due to erosion having caused cavities beneath the roadbed, Crow Valley Road on Orcas Island will be closed to west-bound traffic (traffic heading away from Eastsound towards Island Hardware) between Orcas Road (Fowler’s Corner) and West Beach Road (Island Hardware). East-bound traffic is not impacted at this time. The closure will last at least into  Continue Reading

4-Boat Service Returns

Written on November 18, 2021 at 12:32 pm, by

This just in from WSF… The Anacortes/San Juan Islands route will return to four-boat service and operate on its usual Fall Schedule starting Friday, Nov. 19. Customers are encouraged to check the four-boat “Anacortes/San Juan Islands” sailing schedule, which will be listed as inactive until it takes effect on Nov. 19.   Reservations will remain suspended  Continue Reading

Ferry News

Written on November 11, 2021 at 5:53 am, by

The following announcement is from Washington State Ferries… Initial Plans to Restore Service We know and understand that our reduced service schedules are causing many challenges for thousands of riders across our system. Again, last month’s difficult decision to cut back sailings was only done when it became clear we didn’t have the crewing necessary  Continue Reading

EDC’s Ferry Service Disruptions Impacts Survey

Written on October 16, 2021 at 6:00 am, by

The EDC recently launched a survey to determine economic and social impacts to San Juan County residents, from recent Washington State Ferries service disruptions.  Initial findings show that most residents responding to the survey reported negative impacts. Key findings from the survey: 447 participants from San Juan County responded to the survey.  Of those, 94%  Continue Reading

WSF Reduced Sailing Schedules

Written on October 14, 2021 at 2:56 pm, by

This just in from WSF… Washington State Ferries will temporarily operate reduced sailing schedules on most routes beginning this Saturday, Oct. 16. The change will help offer more predictable and reliable service systemwide in the face of crewing shortages due to a global shortage mariners that has been worsened by the pandemic. Therefore the following  Continue Reading

Long-term Closures of Several Rest Areas Along I-5 Begins Oct. 15

Written on October 14, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Washington State Department of Transportation shares this alert… EVERETT – Travelers who frequently use rest areas along Interstate 5 between Everett and the Canadian border will need to plan for long-term closures, beginning Friday, Oct. 15. The Washington State Department of Transportation closed the southbound I-5 Silver Lake Rest Area, located at milepost 188 in  Continue Reading

Change in Ferry Reservations

Written on October 8, 2021 at 5:36 am, by

This just in from Washington State Ferries… Washington State Ferries will reduce the total number of reservations available during the two-week and two-day releases for the rest of the current season beginning Friday, Oct. 8. Starting Friday, only 20% of a sailing’s total capacity will open for each release rather than the usual 30%. The  Continue Reading

Letter about Redistricting

Written on October 5, 2021 at 9:35 am, by

In the Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from San Juan County Council member Cindy Wolf… Hello Editor, Census numbers are in and the proposed redistricting maps are out. You can see them at In my opinion, the strongest move we can make this week for the future of our ferry system  Continue Reading

Harrison Street Sewer Replacement Project

Written on September 29, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

“Local Access on Harrison Street from Geneste Street to Turn Point Road will be impacted while Contractors replace sewer mains and repave,” said Administrator Wilson. “We ask the neighborhood for patience as we work through this necessary disruption.” Traffic on Harrison Street will be disrupted in October while the Contractor replaces the sewer main and  Continue Reading

EDC invites input from businesses, residents, on WSF service disruptions

Written on September 25, 2021 at 7:45 am, by

  The EDC invites island business owners, workers and residents to participate in a survey regarding Washington State Ferries service disruptions this past summer.  Islanders are invited to participate in the survey here: Anecdotal information and data derived from the survey will be used to better understand economic and other impacts from ferry service  Continue Reading

A Carbon-Free Adventure!

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:51 am, by

Follow OPALCO’s EV Road Trip in October: Starting October 6th, an exclusive team from OPALCO (Communication Specialist Krista Bouchey and the “Switch it up pup” Pepper) will be driving the Co-op’s Kia Niro 100% electric vehicle (EV) to Eastern Washington and back, making stops to visit wind and hydro projects, innovative public power projects and  Continue Reading

“Global shortage of experienced mariners”

Written on August 26, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

This story comes from Washington State Ferries and it may help shed some light on all the ferry sailing cancellations due to “Shortage of Coast Guard documented crew”… We’re not the only marine transportation system dealing with a lack of crewmembers. Following BC Ferries’ cancellation of a couple sailings last week due to a staffing  Continue Reading

Auditor Warns of Incorrect Letters regarding Personalized License Plates

Written on August 11, 2021 at 8:32 am, by

County Auditor Milene Henley is warning San Juan County residents about letters incorrectly generated on August 4 by the Washington State Department of Licensing.  The letters tell vehicle owners that their personalized plates have been cancelled.  The Department of Licensing sent out “thousands” of these letters in error.  They went only to vehicle owners who  Continue Reading

Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree

Written on August 3, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

FUN for Everyone at the Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree! Test drive an EV, ride an electric bike, check out electric garden tools and an electric UTV! Free hot dogs and popcorn, great Island Way swag – and small kids can take the Island Way electric jeep for spin (with parental supervision). EV dealers will have  Continue Reading

Traffic Fatality

Written on June 2, 2021 at 11:32 am, by

Sheriff Ron Krebs shares this sad news… On 05/31/2021 at approximately 5:15pm a grey Subaru was travelling into town from the west end of San Juan Island when the car veered into the oncoming lane at Beaverton Valley and Lowe Lane and struck a jeep travelling the opposite direction in the west bound lane.  The  Continue Reading