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Steilacoom ferry terminal closing for renovation; ferry keeps running

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2011 at 9:37 am with No Comments »
December 28, 2011 9:55 am

Steilacoom’s ferry terminal building will close for a four-month renovation beginning Tuesday night, but Pierce County’s ferry to Anderson and Ketron islands will continue to operate.

Passengers will be able to purchase tickets at a temporary building in the parking space near the terminal or online at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry, said the county’s ferry administrator, Deb Wallace.

A portable restroom and a temporary covered waiting area will be available outside for passengers during construction. The updated terminal is expected to be completed in mid-May, in time for Memorial Day traffic.
Rendering of renovated Steilacoom ferry terminal

“We appreciate the public’s patience and we look forward to the improved terminal,” said Wallace, airport and ferry administrator for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities. “We are encouraging riders to buy tickets online so they don’t have to walk to the temporary ticketing area and endure the cold weather.”

The remodel includes new electronic enhancements to the ticketing system and Wi-Fi Internet access, new interior finishes, a restroom renovation and energy-efficient windows and new waiting room furniture.
New interior

Steilacoom helped Pierce County develop a renovation plan that complies with the community’s historical preservation guidelines. Special attention was given to building materials that are sustainable, durable, and affordable, the county said.

The renovation will also improve energy efficiency to meet the energy code adopted by by the state earlier this year. The upgraded materials will provide lower maintenance costs, the county said.

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