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PT Would Prefer to Wait for Island Home Boat

April 14th, 2008 by ed friedrich

Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and Ferries Director David Moseley visited Port Townsend Monday and I’ve been told that they were going to be told that the community would rather wait wait for a bigger boat than build one based on the 50-car Steilacoom II.
Now that the only bid has been rejected for a Steilacoom II boat and the job will have to be reopened, it can’t be built in time for the Hood Canal Bridge to be closed in May and June.
In that case, they may as well suffer without a car ferry for six or seven months, provided there’s a passenger ferry or some sort of mitigation, I was told.
I hope to find out more tomorrow, but I’m in the middle of a couple other stories right now.

2 Responses to “PT Would Prefer to Wait for Island Home Boat”

  1. Don Hodun Says:

    Seems to me that the requirement to build the boat in Washington State is the biggest hangup. I read in the Marine Daily News (online newsletter) that a yard in Louisiana can get an Island Home-style ferry built in time for the Hood Canal Bridge closure.

  2. NoSpin Says:

    “I read in the Marine Daily News (online newsletter) that a yard in Louisiana can get an Island Home-style ferry built in time for the Hood Canal Bridge closure.”

    Don, can you provide a link to where you read that – I think many people would appreciate it…