State decides on South Point-Lofall route — not Port Ludlow — when Hood Canal Bridge is out

PORT TOWNSEND — Passenger-ferry service during the May-June 2009 Hood Canal Bridge construction closure will run from South Point to Lofall, said state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond on Wednesday, after public survey results were tallied.

“Ultimately, the public opinion lined up with everything we know about the costs, the risks and the facts and figures for the South Point to Lofall route,” Hammond said in a prepared statement.

Nearly 4,000 survey responses were taken online and by phone over two weeks.

Transportation reported Wednesday that the online survey, which had 3,549 responses, showed 40 percent supporting the South Point-Lofall option overall, with 33 percent favoring the Port Ludlow-Kingston route, and about 27 percent saying that neither option would help them during the closure.

In the phone survey — composed of 200 people from Clallam and Jefferson counties and 200 from Kitsap County — 55 percent preferred the South Point-Lofall route, and 21 percent wanted the Port Ludlow-Kingston route.

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