Friday, December 8, 2023

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry May Experience Service Disruptions Due to Tidal Conditions

(Courtesy of VDOT)

SURRY — The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry may experience intermittent service outages potentially impacting the overnight commute due to predicted high tide levels Thursday, Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 9 according to an alert from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

VDOT said high water caused by higher than normal tide levels may prevent the loading ramps on the docks from safely being raised and lowered onto the ferry boats.

The highest potential for service interruptions begins in the late evening of Thursday and late evening of Friday based on current tide predictions, which are subject to change. If service is reduced or suspended, it will be restored as soon as waters recede, VDOT said.

VDOT warns motorists to plan for potential delays and are encouraged to call the ferry hotline at 1-800-VA-FERRY (1-800-823-3779) or visit for updated information. Motorists can also view the traffic queues approximately one-half mile from the boarding locations in real-time on the VDOT 511 cameras.

Alternate route 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).

Alternate route 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.

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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