The Pierce County Ferry will operate on its holiday schedule on Labor Day, Sept. 7.
Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles and vehicles with low ground clearance - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – traveling to or from Anderson and Ketron islands should plan ahead to avoid extreme tides Sept. 4, 5 and 7.
Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings during extreme tides, and riders may be asked to go on a different sailing. Extreme tides are expected during the following timeframes:
- Sept. 4: 9:35 p.m. – 11:35 p.m.
- Sept. 5: 10:35 p.m. – 12:34 a.m.
- Sept. 7: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Crew members will be checking all large vehicles and vehicles towing trailers that arrive during sailings affected by the extreme tides. Riders can call Ted Allen, HMS Ferries, Inc. general manager, at (253) 588-5290 to discuss which run might work best for them.
“Ferry crew and staff will work with travelers to minimize inconveniences,” Allen said. “By being conservative during extreme tides, we can avoid damage to vehicles, ramps and the ferry.”
Holiday weekends during the summer typically see increased traffic and an increase in large vehicles.
The Pierce County Ferry System provides service between Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island. More information about the system is available at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.
Deb Wallace, Public Works airport and ferry administrator
Ted Allen, HMS Ferries, Inc. general manager