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Motorists who use the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to travel between James City and Surry counties will see a new building on the side of the road as they approach the loading area.
The Virginia Department of Transportation now has new security stations in operation at the entrances to the ferry in both the James City and Surry county. The stations went into effect at 9 a.m. July 13.
Drivers previously encountered a small, temporary guard shack made of metal. Now there is a full-fledged building, complete with a covered area for vehicles to enter when they have been flagged for an inspection.
The new buildings do not come with any new security protocols. Vehicles will still be randomly selected for screening, with all other vehicles allowed to proceed to the ferry loading area, according to a VDOT news release.
On the James City County side, the new building is in the same place as the old checkpoint. In Surry County, it has been moved from the entry to the ferry loading area to a point on the hill overlooking the loading area.
“We really need people to pay attention and start slowing down earlier, because guards will be stationed closer to the steep curve coming from downtown Surry, and traffic will be stopping at a point earlier than they are used to,” VDOT Ferry Facility Manager Wes Ripley said in an email.
Drivers on the Surry County side will pull into the station for screening. Before, they were screened while on the bridge to the loading area.
The two new buildings cost a combined $2.78 million. The entire cost of the project was covered by federal grants.