Pierce County Ferry System Projects
- Summer 2022: Anderson Island Parking Lot Project
- Fall 2022: Christine Anderson Dry Docking
- Ferry Financial Plan
Summer 2022 Construction: Anderson Island Pavement Resurfacing Project
The Anderson Island Ferry Parking & Loading Lanes resurfacing project is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 15. This project will last approximately 45 days, and will include repaving, striping, sidewalk improvements and landscape management. Please adhere to all posted traffic signs and follow instructions from the construction crew. There may be minor impacts to ferry service, parking, and loading lanes.
Monday - Friday, 7:35 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (No work will take place on Labor Day or the Friday before Labor Day.)
Traffic & pedestrian impacts
Aug. 11: Some parking stalls limited for mobilizing equipment.
Aug. 15 - Mid- Sept.: Sidewalk and ramps closed while crews reconstruct sidewalk to meet ADA standards.
Beginning Aug. 15: Loading lane 1 closed, some parking limited.
Aug. 22: Access to Larson Road at Yoman Road closed all day beginning at 7:35 a.m.
Late Aug. - Early Sept.: Change in parking restrictions, shift from Phase 1 to Phase 2.
PHASE 2A: Late Aug. - Early Sept.
PHASE 2B: Early - Mid Sept.
Phase 2 - Resurfacing parking lot
- All Loading Lanes will be open during Phases 2A and 2B.
- The sidewalk next to the loading lanes will be open during Phase 2. Bike and pedestrian routes are available during Phase 2A and 2B.
- A minimum of 20 parking stalls will be available at all times.
- The parking lot will be resurfaced in phases, beginning with 2A and followed by 2B.
- During Phase 2B, the parking lot Exit and Entrance will be switched to accommodate angle parking.
- Longer trucks and truck-trailer combinations are not able to navigate through the parking lot.
- Please refrain from parking overnight as the work area shifts during different phases.
- At completion of Phase 1, the holding lanes will be open to traffic, all the curbs, sidewalk(s), ADA ramps, and patches to the pavement will be complete.
(Please note that construction schedules are subject to change. Some of these work activities are weather dependent.)
Aug. 11 - Notice to proceed; Crews mobilize and begin site preparations.
Aug. 15 - Construction Phase 1 begins
Early Sept. - Construction Phase 2 begins
Late Sept. - Construction Phase 3 expected to begin.
OCTOBER 2022: Christine Anderson Dry Docking
Beginning early October, the Christine Anderson will be removed from active service for routine maintenance and preservation.
The Christine Anderson will set sail for Everett Ship Repair early October for maintenance work. This project is required every five years to ensure continuous maintenance and preservation of the vessels. The first phase of the M/V Christine Anderson Dry Dock project will include machinery overhaul, system modernization, hull inspection and repair, Coast Guard Certification, painting, and more.
- Dry docking date for M/V Christine Anderson: Week of October 3 - Mid November
- Duration: Approximately 45 working days
Back-up boat plan:
While the Christine Anderson is being worked on, the Steilacoom II will provide service to Anderson and Ketron Islands. In the event of an emergency or any unforeseen service issues with the Steilacoom II, Pierce County's has developed a back-up plan to provide limited passenger only service while repairs are made. The plan consists of walk-on only boat service (no vehicles) to move passengers to and from the terminals, and coordination with the local fire district, school district, and the Anderson Island general store.
Walk-on boat service will be accessed via an On-Call (time) Charter. This option allows for the use of the boat only when it is needed. There are four boat providers that have agreed to operate in an on-call capacity for Pierce County if needed. Please be advised that it could take up to 48 hours to implement emergency service. Therefore, passengers may not be able to get on or off the islands for a maximum of 48 hours. Please plan your trips accordingly during the upcoming Dry Dock period. Any changes to service due to an emergency will be shared through Rider Alerts, social media, and the website.
More information about this project coming soon.
*Construction dates for the above projects may be subject to change.
- 2020 Ferry Schedule Pierce County incorporated input from a ferry schedule customer survey and the Anderson Island Citizen Advisory Board's ferry committee in planning an updated 2020 schedule.
- 14-Year Ferry Program The 14-Year Ferry Program (2020-2033) is a ferry system planning document required by state law. Pierce County embeds this document annually with the County's Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
- 2015 Waterborne Transportation Study Most recent report with recommendations for improvements to the Pierce County Ferry System. The study included: population and demographic changes projected through 2034, service changes that would enhance island economy and livability, financial sustainability of the ferry system and 14-year capital needs of the ferry system.
- 2013 Ferry Service Evaluation The purpose of the 2013 Ferry Service Evaluation was twofold: first, to evaluate several proposed service changes that have been suggested, and second, to evaluate the results of recently implemented and historical service changes that have been put into effect. The Pierce County Ferry System will use this study to determine future potential schedule changes to better serve its customers.
- 2003 Waterborne Transportation Study Prior report with recommendations for improvements to the Pierce County Ferry System.