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Low tides could affect Pierce County ferry service

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on May 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm with No Comments »
May 20, 2013 4:32 pm

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles are being urged to plan ahead for low tides, which could affect service and result in load limits.

Restrictions could be put in place at various times from Wednesday to May 29.

Here’s the county’s news release:

May 20, 2013

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22-29

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles – such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – should plan ahead to avoid low tides from May 22-29. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and the rider may be asked to postpone their trip until a later sailing.

Ticket agents and crew will be checking all large vehicles and all vehicles towing trailers that arrive during sailings affected by low tides. Some large vehicles may be loaded. Riders can call Captain Paul Crow, Marine Superintendent, at (253) 588-5290 to discuss which run might work best for them.

“Ferry staff and crew will work to accommodate all travelers with as little inconvenience as possible,” Crow said. “We need to be conservative during low tides to avoid damage to vehicles, ramps and the ferries.”

Restrictions on large vehicles may be in place during the following timeframes due to tidal action:

• May 22: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• May 23: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• May 24: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• May 25: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• May 26: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• May 27: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• May 28: Noon to 6 p.m.
• May 29: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Pierce County Ferry System provides service between the town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island. More information about the system is available at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.

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