Big traffic changes for commuters at Colman Dock

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Wednesday, Seattle ferry passengers got to experience the big changes at Colman Dock KIRO 7 reported Tuesday.

For the first time in 30 years, ferry loading areas for vehicles boarding the vessels switched locations.

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The wait for the Bainbridge Island ferries will now be on the south side of the terminal, Bremerton will be moved to the north side.

KIRO 7 is reporting that this is all part of the $373 million renovation project to make this ferry terminal more seismically safe.

The switch of the vehicle loading areas will give more room to the busier Bainbridge Island run.

Washington State Ferries is putting extra personnel on the ground to help direct traffic, but KIRO 7 did see some drivers not quite sure where they were going.

“Everything is so different -- all turned around,” said Seattle resident Toni Ameslav. “I can’t do it anymore. It’s not worth the stress.”

Ameslav said she can’t understand why all the construction both inside and outside the terminal are happening at the same time.

Other drivers said they are taking the change in stride.

“Like any construction, it’s going to be good in the end,” said driver Pat Coxen.

The changes to the loading areas will be in place through 2019.

Commuters are urged to allot an extra 30 minutes to get to the ferry terminal, especially during rush hour.