Transport briefs: Ferries, roads will be packed this weekend

  •  Allow extra time for I-90 travel
  • No service on Kitsap Transit July 
  • Pierce County ferry schedule changes 

The Fourth of July weekend is expected to be the busiest weekend of the year for Washington State Ferries. Extra sailings will be added for several routes. Reservations are strongly recommended for the San Juan Islands, Sidney, B.C. or Port Townsend/Coupeville crossings.

 Allow extra time for I-90 travel

The heaviest congestion is westbound near Cle Elum from mileposts 84 to 93, where repaving work means a single-lane detour. You can avoid these backups by using an alternate route via US 97 to SR 10.

Another tough spot is the Vantage Bridge, which is down to a single eastbound lane until the end of summer due to bridge painting. Work won’t take place during the holiday, but the heavy concrete barriers can’t be easily removed, so the single lane of eastbound traffic will remain.

— Washington DOT

No service on Kitsap Transit July 4

Kitsap Transit’s routed, ACCESS and Worker/Driver buses and the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry will not operate service on Monday, July 4.  BI Ride and SK Ride service will not operate.

Kitsap Transit’s customer service and administrative offices will be closed.

– Kitsap Transit

Pierce County ferry schedule changes 

During the July 4 weekend, a run departing Steilacoom at 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4 will be offered. The run departing Steilacoom at 4:45 a.m. will be canceled on July 4.

Two-boat service will be offered between noon and 8 p.m. Fridays and Sundays in July and August as part of a summer pilot program.

Two-boat service will be offered July 1, 3 and 5. In addition to normally scheduled runs, the system’s second ferry will depart Steilacoom at 12:30, 1:50, 2:50, 3:50, 4:50, and 6 p.m.

Ferry riders in large vehicles and vehicles with low ground clearance –  such as an RV, commercial truck, sports car or a vehicle towing a trailer – traveling to or from Anderson and Ketron islands should plan ahead to avoid transit during extreme tides July 1-5.

Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings during extreme tides, and riders may be asked to go on a different sailing.

 – Pierce County Ferry System

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