High water affects ferry service

Published 5:41 pm Sunday, May 8, 2022

Predicted high tides are likely to result in reductions in capacity and intermittent service outages at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry through Tuesday, potentially affecting the morning and late-afternoon weekday commute.

High water caused by heavy rain and high tides prevents the loading ramps on the docks from safely being raised and lowered onto the ferry boats, Virginia Department of Transportation officials said in a news release.

If service is reduced or suspended, it will be restored as soon as waters recede, allowing ramps to be safely secured for loading vehicles.

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Motorists should plan for potential delays and are encouraged to call the ferry hotline at 1-800-VA-FERRY (1-800-823-3779) or visit 511virginia.org for updated information to determine if an alternate route is needed. Motorists can also view the traffic queues approximately one-half mile from the boarding locations in real time on the VDOT 511 cameras.

Alternate route from the Surry boarding location:

  • Take Route 10 to Route 258 to the James River Bridge (Route 17).
  • Follow signs for Route 64 West. Exit onto Route 199 toward Williamsburg.
  • Follow to Route 31 (Jamestown Road).

Alternate route from the Jamestown boarding location:

  • Take Route 31 to Route 199. Make a right onto Route 199.
  • Merge onto Route 64 East. Follow to the James River Bridge exit.
  •  After traveling over the bridge make a right onto Route 258, a right onto Route 10.
  •  Follow Route 10 to the Town of Surry traffic signal.