Topic: Transportation

Ferry Advisory Committee Seeks Input on Long Range Plan

Written on September 25, 2018 at 6:01 am, by

Washington State Ferries recently released the draft for their Long Range Plan looking out the next two decades to 2040. This has been a long time in the making, including meetings over the last year and public outreach by WSF this spring. The draft plan is now open for comment, and the final draft will  Continue Reading

Chuckanut Rockslide

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Just in case you’re heading to Bellingham or points farther north, and are planning to take scenic Chuckanut Drive, you might want to rethink that, or at least keep an eye on the WSDOT travel alerts website. Here’s more from WSDOT… A rockslide and the risk of unstable rocks on the hillside above the road,  Continue Reading

Plane Crash at Roche Harbor

Written on September 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm, by

SJ Update reader Norris Palmer shares this news story with you… A two passenger Island Air Shuttle took a nose dive shortly after takeoff.  Officials at the site said that a pilot seat malfunction slid the pilot to the rear of the airplane.  Upon takeoff if that happens, the gravity forces make it almost impossible  Continue Reading

Fly-In Saturday

Written on August 24, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

This is not an official announcement, but we hear from a reliable source that there will be food, educational exhibits, Concours d’Elegance cars and more at the airport on Saturday. The poster at right is official however. Just click to enlarge it. It’s always a fun event which is great for families…   If you  Continue Reading

More Ferry Woes

Written on August 23, 2018 at 9:11 am, by

This came in yesterday from Washington State Ferries… On August 22, the M/V Hyak was removed from service for urgent motor repairs. The M/V Chelan will replace the Hyak on domestic San Juan Islands routes beginning on August 23 through August 29. Please see below for information on cancelled sailings and added/modified sailings during this  Continue Reading

Road Construction Will Cause Traffic Disruptions

Written on August 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Web, “A” and Nichols Street Improvement Project Causing Traffic Disruption On Friday, August 17th Traffic will be disrupted this Friday, August 17, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while specialty contractors prepare the cement treated sub-base for the roadway on Web and “A” Streets. The Contractor will begin roadwork at the Nichols & A  Continue Reading

Concours d’Élégance

Written on August 13, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Okay. The County Fair is on your calendar. You’re planning on entering your prized dahlias. Done. Now what? Concours d’Élégance at San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 26! Enter your vintage car. Or what about entering your less-than-perfect car? Okay, not all original parts but I bet it has a great story! And we all  Continue Reading

Celebrate and Support the Canoe Journey

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

On Friday, July 20, tribal members from British Columbia will arrive on San Juan Island in ocean going canoes as part of the Tribal Canoe Journey “Power Paddle to Puyallup.” This inter-tribal Canoe Journey will end in the territory of the Medicine Creek Nation, which Puyallup Tribe will be hosting July 28 – August 4,  Continue Reading

Sharpes Corner Open to Two Lanes this Weekend

Written on June 22, 2018 at 10:10 am, by

WSDOT is about done with Sharpes Corner construction but get ready for the next project west of there… Sharpes Corner second lane opening Saturday! You read that correctly. By the time you head out for Saturday errands, baseball games or weekend adventures – you’ll encounter the finished two lane roundabout. Crews are finishing some concrete  Continue Reading

10,000 Rides

Written on June 22, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Curt VanHyning shares this update with you on the ‘RoundTowner… The ‘RoundTowner Celebrates Ten Thousand Rides The ‘RoundTowner, the only affordable transportation on San Juan Island, is excited to announce the ten-thousandth customers – Mollie Heath and Simeon LaRiviere of Harbor Ridge, Friday Harbor, WA. Little did Mollie and Simeon know that their reservation to  Continue Reading

Westwind Aviation News

Written on June 20, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s a note from Loren DeShon sharing some new developments at Westwind Aviation… Westwind Aviation will have scheduled flights from Friday Harbor to Boeing Field on Thursday and Friday afternoons departing at 4 pm (through the summer) beginning Thursday June 21. Introductory fare $109. Call (360) 378-6991 to make a reservation. New Pilot – Westwind  Continue Reading

Web, “A” and Nichols Streets Improvement Project

Written on June 15, 2018 at 10:36 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has contracted with Mike Carlson Enterprises to reconstruct Web Street and portions of A Street and Nichols Street. The Contractor began mobilizing equipment on Wednesday, June 13th. The project will include utility upgrades, road resurfacing, and the addition of continuous sidewalks. Businesses on Web, A and Nichols Streets will remain  Continue Reading

More Road Construction Ahead

Written on June 13, 2018 at 2:33 pm, by

Construction has begun on Web Street and will continue for approximately 70 days. Traffic will be restricted to One Way on Web – Going from Argyle toward “A” Street only.  Do not enter from “A” Street or you will get turned around.

Progress at Sharpes Corner

Written on June 8, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s the latest from WSDOT… Expect changes at Sharpes Corner for Friday commutes, weekend travel Contractor crews from Tapani are making amazing progress on this intersection safety improvement project. If you are a Friday commuter – most of you will experience new traffic control tomorrow. Tapani crews believe they’ll be moving onto the next stage  Continue Reading

Got Something to Share with WSF?

Written on May 31, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Dear San Juan Update, In a three days, the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) will be sending you and 30,000 other members of the Voice of Washington State (VOWS) a link to a short survey on your use and views of the Washington State Ferry System (WSF). We welcome your help in getting people involved.  Continue Reading

Road Construction Ahead

Written on May 30, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s the latest update from WSDOT about the roundabout construction just east of Anacortes… Sharpes Corner roundabout construction starts Wednesday, May 30 Changes for travelers driving or on bikes during final stages of SR 20 and SR 20 Spur intersection improvements ANACORTES – Another roundabout is set to take shape on State Route 20 as  Continue Reading

Ferry Plan Open Houses

Written on April 28, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

Come Share Your Ideas at WA State Ferries Local Open Houses May 2 Washington State Ferries will be holding open house events next Wednesday May 2 in Friday Harbor, and on some interisland ferry runs, to gather input for the 2040 Ferries Long Range Plan. This effort has been underway for the last year or  Continue Reading

Roundabout Construction Begins May 7

Written on April 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm, by

Spring Street and Argyle Avenue intersection closed four days beginning May 7th Painted roundabout to be installed. The public is advised that the intersection of Spring Street and Argyle Avenue will be closed to all traffic day and night for four days beginning May 7th for the installation of an intersection roundabout. This closure will  Continue Reading

Yakima Service Update

Written on April 27, 2018 at 10:33 am, by

So what was up with the Yakima this week? Here’s a recap from Amy Scarton Assistant Secretary, WSDOT/Ferries Division at WSF Headquarters… Thanks to the quick work of our crews, the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route is back on its regular schedule following an unfortunate meeting between the Yakima and a submerged object on Sunday. One  Continue Reading

Extra Stop at Lopez

Written on April 27, 2018 at 9:27 am, by

This Saturday, April 28, the ferries will make one extra stop at Lopez Island to accommodate participants in the annual Tour De Lopez, the largest bicycle event in the San Juan Islands.  This event is expected to draw large groups of riders. The extra stop will occur Saturday morning on the 7:30 am sailing departing  Continue Reading

M/V Yakima Back in Service

Written on April 25, 2018 at 5:36 pm, by

Here’s the latest from WSF… Repairs to the M/V Yakima have been completed and (on Wednesday, April 25) it returns to service with the 4:30pm sailing from Anacortes to Lopez and Friday Harbor. This will return the route to the regular schedule. Service to Sidney, BC will resume on Thursday, April 26. Reservation holders will  Continue Reading

Temporary Ferry Schedule

Written on April 25, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s a note from WSF with the lowdown on the Yakima ferry service disruption… The M/V Yakima remains out of service for Wednesday, April 25 due to a bent propeller.  Underwater repairs have been performed, but the vessel still experienced some vibrations during subsequent sea trials. The vessel has returned to the maintenance facility for  Continue Reading