Ferry schedule changes at Colman Dock begin Jan.4

Sailings will operate out of a single slip as construction moves forward on Seattle ferry terminal

Starting Jan. 4, all trips between Colman Dock, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton will follow a temporary sailing schedule as construction to replace the current seismically vulnerable ferry terminal in Seattle moves forward, according to Washington State Ferries.

During the temporary sailing schedule, which will be in effect until Jan. 20, all Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailings will operate out of a single slip. That means some crossings may take longer to prevent more than one ferry from arriving or departing the slip at the same time, according to a WSF news release.

Most departure times will shift between five and 30 minutes, but sailings later in the evening may shift to as long as one hour. WSF is working with Kitsap Transit to maintain as many bus connections as possible that coincide with the temporary sailing schedule for ferry customers.

Operating from one slip gives more space for WSF contractors to efficiently complete critical work on the north side of the dock. The work will include removing the remainder of the old terminal and the old wooden piles, and driving in new steel piles to support the deck for the new passenger terminal.

“We know that schedule changes have an effect on our customers’ daily lives and we do not make these decisions lightly,” said David Sowers, WSF terminal engineering director.

“As with any construction project, sometimes work takes a little longer. Operating from one slip for this period provides more space for the contractor to efficiently finish critical work on the north side of the dock.”

WSF listed some tips to prepare for the upcoming schedule changes for the Bainbridge Island and Bremerton routes:Check the schedule: Departure times will be different, beginning with the first sailing on Jan. 4. Check the temporary sailing schedule in advance.

Plan ahead: There are changes throughout the temporary schedule. These changes may result in heavier traffic at ferry terminals.

Know before you go: Check Vessel Watch, subscribe to route alerts and download the WSDOT app to get real-time status of your ferry’s location on the route.

Add extra travel time: Crossing times could be longer for certain sailings since both routes share the single slip.

Consider alternative work schedules: Customers may want to look into teleworking during this period or, if transit connections are an issue, investigating different Ride Share opportunities.

More in News

26 active cases of COVID-19 reported in Kitsap Thursday

So far, 18 positive cases have been reported in July

CHI Franciscan opens new Family Medicine Clinic

Clinic provides outpatient care such as obstetrics, pediatrics, sports health, addiction treatment.

Washington State Parks ‘roofed accommodations’ now available for rent

Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks & Recreation District cabins also available for rent

Demonstrators gather in downtown Poulsbo on July 3, the one year anniversary after the fatal police shooting of Stonechild Chiefstick. Photo Courtesy Suquamish Tribe
Memorial caravan honors Chiefstick on anniversary of fatal shooting

Exactly one year after Stonechild Chiefstick, of the Chippewa Cree tribe of… Continue reading

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Wright has retired from the agency after 34 years of service in the county. He now is executive director of the Washington Fire Chiefs Association in Olympia. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News file photo)
Chief Wright retires, Jeff Faucett fills his boots at SKFR

Wright now leading Washington Fire Chief Association in Olympia

Small aircraft crashes near Mullenix Road in South Kitsap

Pilot trapped inside on-fire plane, taken to Harborview with critical injuries

Outbreaks a concern for board of health as cases rise in Kitsap

For the moment, Kitsap County is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, but worries… Continue reading

COVID-19 infections continue to rise in Kitsap County

22 active cases of COVID-19, 267 total infections since March

NKSD will use hybrid learning model next school year

Each school will split students into two groups for remote and in-person learning

Most Read