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Low tides could affect Pierce Count ferry runs for large vehicles

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on June 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm with No Comments »
June 27, 2013 12:26 pm

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles should plan ahead for low tides from Tuesday through July 11.

Load restrictions will be in place on some ferry runs, and riders may be asked to wait until a later sailing.

The restrictions affect large vehicles, such as RV’s, commercial trucks or a vehicle towing a trailer, according to the Pierce County Ferry System.

It provides service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Ticket agents and ferry crews will be checking large vehicles and those towing trailers for sailings affected by low tides.

For information on which ferry run might work best, call Capt. Paul Crow, marine superintendent, at 253-588-5290.

Here’s the ferry system’s news release:

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 July 2-11. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and riders may be asked to wait until a later sailing.

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

“Ferry crew and staff will work with travelers to minimize inconveniences,” Crow said. “By being conservative during low tides, we can avoid damage to vehicles, ramps and the ferries.”

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

• July 2: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• July 3: 7 a.m. to noon
• July 4: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• July 5: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• July 6: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• July 7: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• July 8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• July 9: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• July 10: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• July 11: Noon to 5 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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