Ferry interruptions possible Friday due to high tide

Published 10:37 am Friday, September 9, 2022

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry may experience intermittent service outages due to predicted high tide levels Friday.

High water caused by higher than normal tide levels prevents the loading ramps on the docks from safely being raised and lowered onto the ferry boats.

At this time, the highest potential for service interruptions begins late in the evening. Estimates of times are based on current tide predictions and are subject to change.

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

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 Virginia Department of Transportation 511 cameras.

VDOT recommends the following alternate routes if ferry service is suspended.

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; and
  • Follow to Route 31 (Jamestown Road).

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; and,
  • Follow Route 10 to the Town of Surry traffic signal.