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Washington State Patrol to police Sequim Lavender Festival ferry traffic

The Washington State Patrol Homeland Security Division will strictly enforce rules for Washington State Ferry passengers heading to the Sequim Lavender Festival.
Patricia Jollimore’s “For My Hat” is the 2019 Sequim Lavender Festival Art Contest winner. Image courtesy of Sequim Lavender Festival.

From a July 18, 2019, Washington State Patrol news release.

The Washington State Patrol Homeland Security Division would like to remind travelers to the Sequim Lavender Festival that they will strictly enforce rules for Washington State Ferry passengers.

This event held from Friday, July 19th, to Sunday, July 21st, draws thousands to the Sequim area each year to view the lavender fields and there will be an increase in traffic primarily affecting the Seattle to Bainbridge Island and Edmonds to Kingston routes.

It is important to follow signage leading up to and at each ferry terminal.

Be mindful of the tally slip needed at the Kingston ferry terminal during heavy congestion and when the Washington State Department of Transportation signs advise.

When the Kingston terminal is full, Washington State Patrol troopers hold ferry traffic outside of town at eastbound State Route 104 and Lindvog Road NE. At this point, troopers will begin to issue boarding passes.

The pass ensures your place in line as you travel through Kingston to the ferry toll booth to purchase a ticket.  

Please visit the Washington State Department of Transportation website or download the cellular phone application to view up to the minute traffic information, ferry departures and/or delays, and traffic cameras for reference. 

Construction projects at and near Washington State Ferry terminals may create increased congestion in the area and lane closures can affect roads leading into the terminals. Increased pedestrian traffic and congestion make it very important to be mindful of speed limits.

Washington State Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for line cutters throughout the Washington State Ferry system.

As a reminder, please do not contact a line cutter yourself. Report them to the HERO line (1-877-764-HERO) or advise Washington State Ferry staff if this behavior is observed.