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The summertime traffic jam of ferry-commuters and beach-goers on Jamestown Road could come to an end this year when the Jamestown Beach entrance near the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry closes.
John Carnifax, director of James City County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, said the department is still finalizing a timeline but expects the entrance to be closed by Memorial Day.
The field near the entrance is the closest parking area to the beach and tends to fill up quickly with cars, Carnifax said.
Beach-goers who do not know the lot is full will drive toward it and wait in the same line with traffic queued for the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry.
Upon discovering the lot is full, beach-goers tend to make a U-turn in the road to find parking elsewhere, Carnifax said.
“It was causing problems for ferry-users, beach-users and of course staff trying to get people in there where they could park,” Carnifax said.
During the JCC Planning Commission Policy Committee meeting Feb. 11, Parks Administrator Nancy Ellis said directing traffic at the entrance last summer was a “logistical nightmare.”
This entrance near the ferry is not the only way to enter the event park. Last May a second entrance opened across the street from Jamestown Settlement’s main parking lot.
Carnifax said signs alerting patrons to the change will be posted in the coming months.