March 11th, 2022

Guemes ferry fully funded: $14 million


The Washington State Legislature this week finalized a record $17 billion transportation package, which includes $14 million for Skagit County’s Guemes Ferry Replacement project. The state funding completes financing for the local project.

“We are so thankful to our legislative delegation as well as Representatives Fey and Tharinger, and Senator Liias for supporting this project,” said Commissioner Peter Browning, who currently serves as Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “This project is vital to residents of Guemes Island and has been a long time coming. We’re incredibly excited to begin project construction.”

The Guemes Ferry Replacement Project will replace the current 40-year-old M/V Guemes with a new all electric ferry. The ferry is expected to enter into full service by 2025.

Past county estimates included $1.2 million for design; $1.5 million for a terminal; $3.8 million for a charging station; $12.5 million for the ferry. For more information about the Guemes Ferry Replacement Project, click here or contact Skagit County Public Works at 360-416-1400.

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