The Lummi Island Ferry Forum now will discuss not just ‘the ferry’ but also the roads that everyone uses traveling to and from the ferry, not to mention generally getting around the island. When people want to ride the Lummi Island ferry to the mainland, they first must walk or drive on Lummi Island’s roads. When they get off the ferry onto the Lummi Island dock, they never just stop on the dock. They turn north or south on Nugent, cross Nugent to the parking lot, walk across Nugent to the library, etc. The ferry and roads are essential inter-related parts of Lummi Island’s transportation system, although few islanders or county officials seems to think beyond ‘ferry and docks’ in planning for future access to and from the mainland. Lummi Island’s roads are now in many places, showing increased signs of deterioration — in come cases, like at Village Pt, serious deterioration.
I am concerned about this ‘road blindness’ and its potential consequences for safe transportation to and from the ferry dock. Consequently I’m expanding the scope of the Lummi Island Ferry Forum to include posts and comments related to Lummi Island roads. I plan at least 2 posts to discuss the roads, including potential consequences of island roads and County plans for their repair (or lack of plans) for specifying the vehicular carrying capacity of a replacement ferry for the Whatcom Chief.
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