Topic: Transportation

Round Towner gets a New Ride

Written on May 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm, by

On Tuesday, May 7th,  Round Towner celebrated the recent donation by the San Juan Lions Foundation of the “new” 2014 Nissan Leaf to replace their worn-out Honda.  The non-profit community service RoundTowner has just surpassed 18,000 essential rides to needy and disabled elderly folks in Friday Harbor over the past five and one-half years.  See  Continue Reading

3rd Annual Tour de Family – Friday Harbor

Written on May 2, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

A week from Friday is the Third Annual family bike ride for all ages, coordinated by San Juan County Health and Community Services and Island Rec. We have a trike/scooter route, a safe ‘first biker’ route, and an adventure route for those wanting a safe and easy open road ride. The event is located at  Continue Reading

Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Written on April 25, 2019 at 12:34 pm, by

Continuing the series of posts announced Wednesday, here are a few things looming on the horizon for Friday Harbor – Nash and Caines Streets Intersection Realignment You know that crazy bump-out feature at the intersection of Nash and Caines Streets – it will soon be a memory. A realignment improvement project is coming soon to  Continue Reading

Coming Soon to an Island Near You

Written on April 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm, by

At the San Juan Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon on Tuesday, in addition to regular chamber business, three speakers announced some things happening around here – First was County Councilman Bill Watson, some news on things coming up on the island. Next, Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson announced a few projects in the works for  Continue Reading

WSDOT Active Transportation Plan Survey

Written on April 21, 2019 at 10:25 am, by

Washington State Active Transportation Plan Survey Now Online The Washington State Active Transportation Plan update needs you to connect people with the process. Tell your friends and neighbors, share links in social media, forward this notice to your contacts. The public opinion survey is now available online in English, with other languages to be added as  Continue Reading

Parking Lot Repaving

Written on April 12, 2019 at 2:40 pm, by

The Anacortes Terminal Parking Lot A will be closed for about one month starting Saturday, April 13. Construction crews will repave the parking lot during the closure. The work is anticipated to be completed by mid-May. Lot A is directly adjacent to the passenger terminal and vehicles will not have access to the 15 min.  Continue Reading

Upcoming FAC Meetings

Written on April 4, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Mark your calendars! WSF and local Ferry Advisory Committees are hosting nine upcoming community meetings! Come learn about the future of ferries, proposed changes to fares, and local projects on your route. Kingston: Monday, April 29, 6 p.m., Kingston Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston Coupeville: Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m., Island  Continue Reading

Studded Tire Removal Deadline March 31

Written on March 30, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s a reminder from the Washington State Department of Transportation… Last week’s arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until this Sunday, March 31, to remove their studded tires, or face a $136 fine. While studded tires help keep your vehicle from slip-sliding around wintry conditions, they also damage the pavement. Removing the tires  Continue Reading

Ferry spring schedule starts Sunday

Written on March 29, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Don’t get caught by surprise! Peruse the new schedule online, and see these new changes to our area sailings: Anacortes/San Juan Islands will have four vessels in service, similar to the fall schedule Anacortes/Sidney, BC will have one daily roundtrip via Friday Harbor Two-boat service resumes for Port Townsend/Coupeville on Sunday, May 12

Sealth to Replace Yakima

Written on March 28, 2019 at 3:11 pm, by

Beginning Friday, March 29, there will be reduced vehicle capacity on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route when the 90-car Sealth begins service as vessel #2, replacing the 144-car Yakima. Effective today, the Yakima replaces the 144-car Hyak, moving from position #2 position #3, beginning with the Anacortes 2:10 pm to Friday Harbor. The Sealth carries  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate

Written on March 28, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The special license plate legislation has passed both chambers of the Legislature by overwhelming margins!   Many thanks to Representative Lekanoff and Senator Lovelett for their hard work. April/May 2019 – Signature of legislation by Governor Inslee August 1-October 1, 2019 – License Plate available for purchase sometime during this period depending on final effective  Continue Reading

Heading Off-Island Next Week?

Written on March 24, 2019 at 5:58 am, by

You might want to be aware of some road maintenance coming up. Here’s more from WSDOT: EXPECT DELAYS: Deception Pass rockslide cleanup next week If you’ve driven across Deception Pass bridge recently, you’ve likely seen the remnants from a small rockslide from a few weeks ago on the side of SR 20. On Wednesday, March  Continue Reading

Argyle Avenue Sidewalk Widening Project

Written on February 26, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has authorized construction to begin for the Argyle Avenue Sidewalk Widening Project. The Town has contracted with MEM Enterprises to perform the work. The Contractor will install new widened sidewalk on Argyle Avenue between Spruce Street and Rose Lane; and new ADA compliant crosswalk from Rose Lane to the SJC  Continue Reading

I-5 Closure

Written on December 28, 2018 at 9:48 am, by

Are you heading up I-5 to Bellingham or Canada (or coming back) this weekend? Be aware there will be a temporary closure in both directions. Here’s more from WSDOT… Emergency crews have been working long hours to restore power and fix windstorm damage around our area and they aren’t done yet. On Sunday, December 30th  Continue Reading

Ferries on Storm Routes

Written on December 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm, by

This alert just came in from WSF… Wind storm throws wrench in early holiday sailing schedule The ongoing wind storm has already had several impacts on sailing schedules across the region today. And more changes could be on the way. Therefore, passengers will need to plan ahead and potentially alter their travel plans accordingly depending  Continue Reading

Complete Streets Ordinance Adopted

Written on November 27, 2018 at 11:02 am, by

Today the SJ County Council unanimously adopted a Complete Streets ordinance that will open up the possibility of state funding to help pay for road improvements that increase the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on our roadways, among other things. Someday in the future, images like these may become mere memories of what traveling on  Continue Reading

Museum Thanks Town and Mayor

Written on November 20, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

The Board of Trustees and staff of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Town of Friday Harbor Council and Mayor Farhad Ghatan for the new Historical Museum directional sign at the corner of Spring and Price Streets. Even though the museum has been located  Continue Reading

County Seeks Participation Updating HSTP

Written on November 1, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

Over the next two months, San Juan County Health & Community Services is undertaking a process to update its Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) originally created in 2010 and then updated in 2014. The HSTP was developed to address the transportation needs of the elderly, people with disabilities, and low income populations in accordance  Continue Reading

Temporary WSF Schedule Change

Written on October 19, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s the official word from Washington State Ferries about service disruption coming up next week… Reduced service on Anacortes/San Juan Islands route Oct. 22 to Nov. 4 With seven of our ferries in need of attention, we made the difficult decision late last week to temporarily downsize our Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, British Columbia route from  Continue Reading

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