Pierce County Ferry riders should expect to see Pierce County dump trucks on the ferry during early morning and mid-morning runs on weekdays from Sept. 14 through early December. Crews will avoid using peak commute runs.
Crews will time their trips to minimize impacts to ferry riders. Loading preference will be given to ferry riders if the ferry is nearing capacity on a run.
The trucks will carry rocks to Anderson Island that are needed for upcoming repair work along Eckenstam Johnson Road. The road shoulder is eroded in three locations following several winter events the past few years.
We expect to use early morning runs from Steilacoom and late morning runs from Anderson Island. We will review ridership data to refine our schedule.
Crews will conduct general road maintenance on Anderson Island while they wait for the mid-morning runs.
The dump trucks are approximately 30 feet long. They are about 8.5 feet wide, which allows them to fit in one lane. The trucks will haul approximately 2,822 tons of material to the island, ranging in size from gravel up to 3.5-ton rocks.
Slide repair work
We will provide additional information about the repair work - such as the start date - when it is available. We originally expected to start the work in November. However, we are continuing to seek environmental permits and right-of-way easements. The start date may also be impacted by tide status and fish windows.
Once the repair work starts, ferry riders can expect to see Pierce County pickup trucks traveling to Anderson Island on weekdays. Additional equipment will also be brought over on the ferry, including two excavators that will be staged on the island while work is underway.