Has The County Neglected Repair Of The Ferry Docks?

On September 25, 2017, LineTime sent the following email to Skagit County Public Works. They have not responded.

Skagit County Public Works

When walking over on the ferry the other day, I noticed the ramp apron jump at the hinge what seemed like a full inch. I don’t remember seeing that happen before and can only assume the pin and hinge are badly worn. This was on the Anacortes side.

The 2016 Bridge Report lists this as a priority 1 item on the Guemes side (although the "1/2" of slop” mentioned seems understated) but no mention is made of the same problem on the Anacortes side. When is the repair work scheduled to be done on this issue and other priority 1 items? There is considerable rust on the transfer span and apron that seems in several places to be more than cosmetic. This didn’t happen suddenly and looks like neglect. When will these areas be fixed and painted?

I was also alarmed at the 22.86 sufficiency rating of both ferry docks. That seems terrible, given that it is on a scale of a hundred. It suggests the condition of the ramps is not far enough from failure. Would you please explain why the rating is so low and what might be done to raise it? And why the items for repair (like the hinge pin) on the bridge report five years ago are still on the 2016 report?

I understand that there is considerable work on the transfer spans and machinery pencilled into the 2017 Fourteen Year Ferry Capital Improvement Plan for 2023 and 2024. Rachel Rowe, however, has pointed out that "the 14-year plan is a guidance document, not a project planning/budgeting tool.” Are you betting that these worn parts of the bridgework will hold out until then?

Thank you,

Joseph Miller


Public Works has not responded to us. Perhaps they will to you:

Public Works Director Dan Berentson, danb@co.skagit.wa.us
Skagit County Public Works: pw@co.skagit.wa.us 
County Engineer, Paul A. Randall-Grutter P.E.,  paulrg@co.skagit.wa.us

From the 2016 Bridge Report:

2016 Bridge Report

2015 Bridge Report

2014 Bridge Report

2013 Bridge Report

2012 Bridge Report

An article posted after the 2014 Bridge Report: