Interruptions to Jamestown-Scotland Ferry service possible due to tidal conditions

By: Contributed Report | Twitter: @SSDispatch
Posted: May 19, 2020 | 4:45 p.m.

SURRY – For several days this week, the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry may experience reductions in capacity and service outages due to predicted high tides.

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. At this time, the potential for service interruptions is expected to occur beginning late Tuesday, May 19, through the early morning of Friday, May 22.

If service is reduced or suspended, it will be restored as soon as waters recede, allowing ramps to be safely secured for loading vehicles. The Powhatan, the largest ferry boat in the Jamestown-Scotland fleet, has a lower deck than the others and can run longer, prompting a reduction in capacity before the suspension of service.

Motorists are advised to expect potential delays and use the Route 17 James River Bridge as an alternate route.

From the Surry Side:

  • 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 Side:

  • 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, and then make a right onto Route 10; and
  • Follow Route 10 to the Town of Surry traffic signal.

For updates on ferry service, motorists can call the ferry hotline at 1-800-VA-FERRY.

For additional travel alerts, motorists are encouraged to follow @VaDOTHR on Twitter, visit, call 511, or download the free Virginia 511 mobile app.

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