FERRY ALERT: Fauntleroy dock work ahead, aimed at noise reduction

(“Live” WSDOT camera view of Fauntleroy dock)

12:46 PM: Work planned at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal will lead to some late-night sailing cancellations, but should result in noise reduction. The announcement is from Washington State Ferries spokesperson Hadley Rodero:

Next week, crews will begin nighttime maintenance work at the Fauntleroy terminal to improve safety and reduce noise caused by vehicles traveling across the transfer span. We’ve heard a number of complaints from neighbors that loading/unloading ferries can be noisy and this work should help address the problem.

Work will take place on Wednesday, June 12th, Thursday, June 13th, Wednesday, June 19th and Thursday, June 20th, and will require the cancellation of the following late-night sailings:

· Fauntleroy to Vashon and Southworth: 11:45 p.m., 1 a.m. and 2:20 a.m.

· Vashon to Fauntleroy: 10:50 p.m., 12:10 a.m. and 1:25 a.m.

· Southworth to Fauntleroy: 11:10 p.m., 12:30 a.m. and 1:45 a.m.

Service will continue between Vashon and Southworth as scheduled. Fauntleroy neighbors may hear some construction noise and see more activity than usual at the dock during the maintenance work.

We have a follow-up question out seeking specifics about the work.

ADDED 3:10 PM: Here’s Rodero’s reply: “Crews will be replacing parts of the apron, which is the flap that connects the transfer span to the ferry when the ramp lowers for cars to drive on and off. They will be welding the new parts on and fixing parts that are currently loose, which is what’s causing the noise that’s been bothering neighbors.”

10 Replies to "FERRY ALERT: Fauntleroy dock work ahead, aimed at noise reduction"

  • dsa June 5, 2019 (2:39 pm)

    How? little springs? mats  to reduce the kabamm seem like they would deteriorate fairly quickly.

    • WSB June 5, 2019 (2:45 pm)

      As noted, I have asked that as a followup, and will add the reply when I get it …

      • WSB June 5, 2019 (3:14 pm)

        Received and added!

  • Fauntleroy rez June 6, 2019 (9:43 am)

    How about the noise and congestion that results in all the ferry traffic at 5am.  Oh and the Friday night line up that goes into the street making it impossible to get home?  When will that be improved?

    • momosmom June 6, 2019 (10:32 am)

      Yes all of your concerns should be improved but may I ask…when you bought your home or rented you did know that the Ferry dock was there didn’t you?Sort of like people who buy or rent by Pacific Raceways…the race track is there and has been for many, many years.just sayin’ 

      • Fauntleroy Rez June 6, 2019 (3:02 pm)

        In the 40+ years living off Fauntleroy it has only been in the last 5-6 years that I have had to deal with this.  We have overgrown our little ferry dock.  More people are moving to less expensive places like Port Orchard to live and commuting in via the ferry causing more traffic.  Our little town can not handle the sheer volume of growth.  I’ve always said the ferry should be on Harbor Island where traffic would be relieved from the West Seattle Bridge and plenty of waiting lots.

    • Lori June 11, 2019 (10:58 am)

      Uh, you knew there was a ferry dock there when you bought your house?

  • dsa June 6, 2019 (10:53 am)

      Rodero’s explanation sounds like a repair back to original rather than a technological improvement.

  • Ben June 6, 2019 (12:11 pm)

    If you have a problem with the noise or traffic you better just move now.

    • dsa June 6, 2019 (8:53 pm)

      Thanks Ben, I would not live near a ferry dock, but do sympathize with those who are getting overrun with this one.

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