Topic: Transportation

“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

Section of Southbound Mullis Street In Friday Harbor Closes For Two Weeks

Written on April 4, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor is continuing construction on a Mullis Street roundabout, and the existing pavement will be demolished this week to prepare a subbase for the roadway. Mullis Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic for vehicles traveling northbound from Monday, April 5 to about  Continue Reading

Sun-E-Land Bikes Visits San Juan Islands

Written on March 29, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Coming soon to visit Friday Harbor, Lopez, Orcas… Sun-E-Land Bikes is a new Electric Bicycle Company based in Bellingham, now open for business and will be coming to the San Juan Islands to feature and promote the Sun-E-Land City Cruiser. Matt Holmes is the owner and operator of Sun-E-Land Bikes. Sun-E-Land Bikes offers affordable electric  Continue Reading

Peak Season Ferries Reservations For San Juans Available March 9

Written on March 9, 2021 at 8:44 am, by

From Washington State Ferries As Washington State Ferries continues to operate under the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will extend its current schedule through May 8. Reservations for the May 9-Sept. 25 modified “peak season” are available March 9. Reservations can be booked online or by calling 206-464-6400. Customers can also call that number  Continue Reading

The “Idaho Stop” is Now Legal For Bikes in Washington

Written on December 3, 2020 at 4:45 am, by

Vehicle drivers may not be aware of a recent law that allows bicyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign in some instances – and may be cynically assuming that the cyclists they see are breaking the law. The so-called “Idaho stop” (also known as the “safety stop”) became law in Washington State  Continue Reading

Mullis Street Closes on Tuesday, December 1

Written on November 29, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Town of Friday Harbor Traffic will be disrupted from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 while the Town of Friday Harbor crew and contractor install water and sewer mains across Mullis Street near Bakery San Juan and the Friday Harbor Food Co-op. “Local access on Mullis Street from Market Street to 775 Mullis Street  Continue Reading

Survey Says: Island Rides

Written on September 7, 2020 at 12:28 pm, by

We hear from Curt Van Hyning… The response to the survey from San Juan Islands Shuttle Service is clear. The RoundTowner free ride service which operates on San Juan Island will now be called IslandRides. The more inclusive name corresponds to expanded service. Rides are now available throughout San Juan Island and will soon be  Continue Reading

Traffic Disrupted on “Granny’s Way” (East Street Next to Ferry Lanes) Thursday Aug 27

Written on August 27, 2020 at 9:42 am, by

Traffic will be disrupted while Contractors replace asphalt on “Granny’s Way” (East Street, next to the ferry lanes) this Thursday, August 27th. The Contractor is being asked to expedite the project with as little traffic disruption as possible. Granny’s Way will be closed to traffic until repairs are complete. First Street will remain open. If  Continue Reading

Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month – M & W Auto

Written on August 5, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

M & W Auto has been in business renting and selling cars in Friday Harbor for thirty-two years. Wendy Pinnow, the founder and owner of M & W Auto, has lived on San Juan Island most of her life, having moved to the island from the Seattle area with her family at the age of  Continue Reading

Spring Street Asphalt Repairs

Written on July 23, 2020 at 6:19 am, by

Spring Street Asphalt Repairs Causing Traffic Disruption Monday, July 27th through Wednesday, July 29th Traffic will be disrupted while Contractors replace asphalt on Spring Street between Marguerite Place to Franklin Drive this Monday, July 27th through Wednesday, July 29th. This work is intended to repair potholing on Spring Street South Bound Lane and restore the  Continue Reading

Second Street Fog Sealing Starting Monday, July 27th

Written on July 19, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Do Not Drive on Wet Fog Seal. Second Street will be fog sealed starting the week of July 27th. The exact date depends on the weather and County’s ability to complete other sections of roadway on San Juan Island that week. Work is estimated to last one day. Second Street will then be re-striped with  Continue Reading

Missing Mountain Road is Officially Open

Written on July 1, 2020 at 3:59 pm, by

By Louise Dustrude A small crowd of supporters wearing masks and socially distancing from one another celebrated the opening of the new Missing Mountain Road on Wednesday at 1 pm. Several of those who spoke pointed out that it had taken some 25 years since the road was first proposed, by the town planning commission,  Continue Reading

Recording of WSF Virtual Meeting

Written on July 1, 2020 at 2:02 pm, by

Thank you to everyone who participated in WSF’s Virtual Community Meeting yesterday! For those who were unable to attend, a recording of the meeting is now available online on our Community Meetings page. To watch the meeting, you’ll need to provide a name and email to sign into the GotoWebinar page. For more information go  Continue Reading

WSF Virtual Community Meeting

Written on June 24, 2020 at 7:59 am, by

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Washington State Ferries (WSF) is holding a virtual community meeting. Join us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 for a brief presentation and Q&A session with ferry staff. You can register today by going to: You can view all travel alerts at the WSF Travel Bulletins page. This  Continue Reading

Second Street Chip Sealing Starting Monday, June 22nd

Written on June 19, 2020 at 12:59 pm, by

Drivers and pedestrians are urged to exercise patience and safety. San Juan County Public Works (SJCPW) will chip seal Second Street in the Town of Friday Harbor starting the week of June 22nd. The exact date for resurfacing depends on the County’s ability to complete other sections of roadway on San Juan Island that week.  Continue Reading

Reservations Return on Friday

Written on June 9, 2020 at 11:49 am, by

Vehicle reservations for travel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes between June 21 and September 26 will be available this Friday. Customers will be able to go online and save their spot on a sailing at 7 a.m. on June 12. Customers are encouraged to look at the sailing schedules to plan  Continue Reading

Second Street Chip Sealing

Written on May 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm, by

Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Drivers and pedestrians are urged to exercise patience and safety. San Juan County Public Works (SJCPW) will chip seal Second Street in the Town of Friday Harbor starting the week of June 8th. The exact date for resurfacing depends on the County’s ability to complete other sections of roadway on  Continue Reading

Connector Road Update

Written on May 10, 2020 at 3:56 pm, by

> By Louise Dustrude The road adjoining the gravel pit and connecting Turn Point Road near the shipyard with Pear Point Road at the gravel pit will get its final chip-sealing this coming week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday according to county engineer Colin Huntemer. After that, and after any loose rocks are swept off,  Continue Reading

Update: Second Street Repair Project

Written on April 28, 2020 at 3:05 pm, by

Repairs to Second Street are progressing as anticipated. Asphalt is being laid at the intersection of Second Street and Blair Avenue. The Contractor will begin roadwork from Reed Street to the Court Street intersections later in the week. Focus will then shift south to the portion of Second Street between West Street and Court Street  Continue Reading