Commuter Report: Ferry Service Resumes; Advisories Issued for Secondary Roads

WYDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

ferryUpdate 10/03/15, 8:30 a.m.: The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is now operating at full capacity, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

James City County is reporting South Riverside Drive, Osprey Drive and Canal Street are navigable with caution. There is also significant flood tide activity at most county docks and piers, according to the county’s statement.

In York County, VDOT is reporting that Back Creek Road and Oriana Road are passable with care. The high wind advisory for Coleman Bridge is no longer in effect.

Update 10/02/15, 8:30 p.m.:  The Virginia Department of Transportation has resumed service at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry at a reduced capacity.

The Pocahontas, which can carry up to 70 vehicles, will transport motorists over the James River until further notice.

Motorists are encouraged to use the James River Bridge as an alternate route.

Service had been suspended around 4:30 p.m. due to high water. Loading ramps on the docks could not be safely raised or lowered onto the ferry boats because of the heavy rain and high tides, according to a statement released by the department.

For updates on the ferry service, drivers can call the ferry hotline at 800-VA-FERRY. Up-to-the-minute road conditions can be found by visiting Virginia’s 511 Traffic Information website.

James City County is reporting that the 4000 block of South Riverside Drive is flooded and impassible.

All other county roads are open but there is significant ponding, or the pooling of water, on roadways.

VDOT has issued advisories for Cranstons Mill Pond Road near Chickahominy Road and Otey Drive near S. Riverside Drive in Lanexa.

Earlier advisories in York County remain in effect.

Update 10/02/15, 4:24 p.m.:  The Virginia Department of Transportation has temporarily suspended service at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry this afternoon due to high water.

Loading ramps on the docks cannot be safely raised or lowered onto the ferry boats because of the heavy rain and high tides, according to a statement released by the department.

Service will resume as soon as waters recede and ramps can be safety secured.

For updates on the ferry service, drivers can call the ferry hotline at 800-VA-FERRY. Up-to-the-minute road conditions can be found by visiting Virginia’s 511 Traffic Information website.

Original PostThe Virginia Department of Transportation has temporarily suspended service at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry this afternoon due to high tides.

Service was suspended at 2:30 p.m. for all ferries except the Pocahontas, which will continue to transport motorists over the James River until further notice, according to a statement released by the department earlier today.

The effects of the reduction is expected to last through the evening rush hour. Motorists should anticipate delays and are encouraged to use the James River Bridge as an alternate route.

VDOT spokeswoman Laurie Simmons said there is no set schedule for the ferry at this time and operators will load as many cars as possible. The Pocahontas can carry up to 70 cars and is the newest boat in the four-ferry fleet.

For updates on the ferry service, drivers can call the ferry hotline at 800-VA-FERRY. Up-to-the-minute road conditions can be found by visiting Virginia’s 511 Traffic Information website.

In York County, advisories for standing water have been issued for Back Creek Road and Oriana Road. Additionally there is a high wind advisory for Coleman Bridge.

While there are no road closures in James City County at this time, the county is reporting significant ponding, or the pooling of water, on roadways.

Tour roads and portions of the Colonial Parkway may temporarily close due to flooding and downed trees, according to a statement from the Colonial National Historical Park.

Check WYDaily.com for weekend weather reports as well as updates on road conditions that may affect your evening commute.