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USS Bremerton submarine

Photos of the Day: Holy Torpedo!

Photographer Robert Dashiell captured these images of the USS Bremerton (SSN-698) submarine passing Bainbridge Island through Sinclair Inlet this morning, February 25. Commissioned in 1978, the 360-foot-long Bremerton is the oldest United States sub currently in active service. It is armed with four 21-inch torpedo tubes aft of its bow that can launch MK-48 Torpedoes and Harpoon and Tomahawk ASM/LAM…

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orcas island water view

Washington State Ferries Says Reserve Early for San Juans Travel

Planning a trip to the San Juan Islands this spring or summer? Washington State Ferries (WSF) is recommending a reservation, and the sooner the better. WSF reports that its new reservation system, launched in January, for travel in the San Juans is already seeing tremendous use and saving travelers disappointment and long wait times. Between…

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Seattle Seawall Work Brings More Changes for Ferry Commuters

The ongoing Seattle Seawall Project is bringing further significant changes for ferry commuters who use Colman Dock. Starting Wednesday, February 25, the following changes take effect, continuing through next fall: The Marion Street exit will close and a temporary exit between Marion and Madison Streets (closer to the fire station) will open. Vehicle traffic exiting at this location…

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puyallup ferry by Steve Voght

Puyallup Pulled from Service Sunday Night, Leaving Ferry Travelers in a Jam

Yesterday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m. the Washington State Ferries (WSF) removed the Puyallup from service, resulting in seven cancelled sailings on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route. The cancellations happened between 5:30 and 11:40 p.m. Many ferry commuters switched over to the Bremerton ferry. This came after a morning of runs with limited car-space because of the…

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Senate Committee Approves $33M for ‘Safety Improvements’ to Highway 305

On Wednesday, the State Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation including eleven bills that would fund $15 billion worth of transportation projects throughout the state. Among the proposed funding is $33 million for “SR 305 Construction – Safety Improvements.” The funding is not certain yet—the package must be moved to the Senate floor via action of the Rules…

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container ship off Bainbridge spit by Diane Walker

Photos of the Day: Behemoths off the Sandspit

This is the view from the Sandspit on northeast Bainbridge Island of the container ships currently parked offshore. Thank you to Diane Walker for these striking photos that give a perspective of just how massive these ships are. The one closest to shore, the Herma P, is 885 feet long and 102 feet wide. Its…

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Herman P container ship courtesy of M L Jacobs

Shipping News: Bainbridge’s Marine ‘Parking Lot’

[Read our followup to this article, with more details and photos: Photos of the Day: Behemoths off the Sandspit] Back in December we reported on four container ships and one cargo ship “parked” in the waters off of southern Bainbridge Island, a federally designated anchorage zone for overflow ships headed for the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Recently,…

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City Considers Changing Electric Charging Station and Its Parking Rules

At last night’s (February 17) City Council meeting, Public Works Director Barry Loveless asked the Council to approve a capital improvements purchase of a new electric vehicle charging system for Winslow Way in front of Blackbird Bakery. The old system, explained Loveless, hasn’t been working for months. That’s because the company that installed it, Blink,…

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debris from Agate Pass bridge cleaning

Cleaning Agate Pass Bridge: Why and How They’re Doing It

Why? In a word, poo. Agate Pass Bridge has been pooped on a whole lot since it was last cleaned and painted 24 years ago, in 1991. Hardened layers of animal droppings aren’t the only thing workers are scraping off the bridge this month. Mildew and plants also are growing in the dirty crud, and…

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App Shows Real-Time Traffic Backups on Agate Pass Bridge

Stressed about slowdowns from the Agate Pass Bridge cleaning? The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has a free app that shows real-time traffic patterns on the bridge, something particularly helpful right now as we all literally ride out the three-week cleaning program that has reduced traffic to one alternating lane over Agate Pass. There are…

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Ferry riders

In 2014 Bainbridge-Seattle Ferry Route Ridership Increased to 6.3 Million

You may not be too excited about it, but Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division Lynne Griffith was happy in her latest newsletter to report that Washington State Ferry ridership was up in 2014 from the year before. The Bainbridge-Seattle route alone saw 6,320,820 riders, a 0.5 percent increase over 2013. Perhaps the good news is that there was a small,…

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Agate Pass Bridge by Doug Kerr

Agate Pass Bridge Cleaning Work Will Mean 21 Days of Lane Closures

The good news is the Agate Pass Bridge will be clean for the first time since 1991. The bad news is that, for that to happen, the drivers and passengers of the 22,000 vehicles using the bridge daily are going to get 21 days of daytime one-lane travel on the bridge in February. The closures will…

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wenatchee ferry by Tobia Eigen (

Wenatchee to Resume Normal Sailing Schedule

The Coast Guard has cleared the Wenatchee ferry to resume its normal schedule starting on the 4:35 p.m. sailing from Bainbridge to Seattle. The boat was pulled from its 2:55 p.m. sailing from Bainbridge and its 3:45 p.m. sailing from Seattle. According to Washington State Ferries Communications Manager Hadley Rodero, concerns about a problem with…

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Bainbridge-Seattle Run Down to One Boat

As of 3:12 this afternoon, January 20, the Wenatchee ferry has been pulled from service on the Seattle/Bainbridge route due to “operational constraints.” According to Washington State Ferries (WSF), the following sailings will be affected: from Bainbridge Island: 2:55 p.m., 4:35 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. from Seattle: 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. sailings…

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Taxi Shakeup on Bainbridge Island: One Company Wants to Keep It Local

Updated 1/12/15 at 2:29 p.m. Del Mueller, the recent owner of Taxis and Tours, one of the taxi companies serving Bainbridge Island, is ready to call it quits after 17 years in the business. He said that competitor Bainbridge Island Taxi will be shutting down as well, although we were unable to confirm that—owner Tim Wilkins did not…

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Colman Dock

Big Changes Coming to Colman Dock Access Next Week (Blame It on Bertha)

The Washington State Department of Transportation is changing things up again at Colman Dock. This next configuration goes into effect starting January 12 and should last until May. The reason for the change is that crews working to replace the Elliott Bay Seawall and build the SR 99 tunnel need access to the roadway along…

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Inslee’s Budget Plan Would Give Big Support to the Ferry System

The proposed budget that Governor Jay Inlsee unveiled on December 18 makes a big nod to the ferry system that keeps Bainbridge connected to Seattle. The budget targets three areas of ferry support. 1. System Preservation Inslee wants to “preserve” the ferry system through 2015–17 funding of $379.9 million, with a target of a 12-year…

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CG inspection

Puyallup Sails Through Annual Inspection with Only One “Minor Discrepancy”

Metaphorically speaking only, the Washington State Ferry MV Puyallup sailed through its annual Coast Guard inspection on Tuesday, December 16. Literally, it was docked in Eagle Harbor as a Coast Guard inspection team ran the crew through its paces, testing safety, navigation, and lifesaving equipment, reviewing vessel documents, assessing crew emergency and security responses, and inspecting engineering…

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Walla Walla

Ferry Advisory: Delays Coming for Bainbridge/Seattle and Kingston/Edmonds Commuters

Washington State Ferries (WSF) is advising travelers on the Seattle/Bainbridge and Edmonds/Kingston routes to expect significant delays starting midday Friday, December 12, through Tuesday, December 16. The 202-vehicle Puyallup, which is currently filling in for the out-of-service Tacoma on the Seattle/Bainbridge route, will be pulled from service for four days for a mandatory annual U.S….

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container ship

Photos of the Day: Container Ships Anchored off South Bainbridge

[Updated December 7 at 1:03 p.m.] Seen some big ships anchored off our southern shores lately? shows that currently there are four container ships and one cargo ship “parked” in the waters around southern Bainbridge Island. The featured photos show two ships situated in the channel between Fort Ward and Manchester. According to Coast…

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