Sunday, April 14, 2024

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Service Resumes, Interruptions Still Possible

(Courtesy of VDOT)

SURRY COUNTY – Operations were suspended overnight at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry due to tidal conditions and high winds, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced early Saturday morning.


High water caused by higher than normal tide levels prevents the loading ramps on the docks from safely being raised and lowered onto the ferry boats, it said.

Service will be restored as soon as waters recede. Estimates are based on current tide predictions and are subject to change. VDOT cautions service interruptions could occur through Sunday.

Motorists should use alternate routes, including the James River Bridge (Route 17) and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (I-664) until further notice.

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.

Call the ferry hotline at 1-800-VA-FERRY (1-800-823-3779) for updated information to determine if an alternate route is needed.

Motorists can also view the traffic queues approximately one-half mile from the boarding locations in real-time on the VDOT 511 cameras at

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