JAMESTOWN — Ferry passengers will now be able to better predict travel times.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has added four new cameras to its 511 network so motorists can now view traffic queues for the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry in Surry and James City counties.
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is one of the first ferry systems in Virginia to be shown on the VDOT 511 cameras, according to a Sept. 16 release from VDOT.
The four cameras along Route 31 were installed earlier this summer and went live on Sept. 3.
Two of the cameras are located at the intersection of Rolfe Highway and Pleasant Point Road in Surry, while the other two cameras are placed in Jamestown on the existing digital message sign on Jamestown Road.
Not all ferry traffic will be in view of the cameras, but motorists can see the queue approximately one-half mile from the boarding locations in real-time to determine if they need to take an alternate route.
“We now have a direct way to efficiently assist ferry travelers and help them make informed decisions,” Wes Ripley, ferry operations manager, said. “We transport up to 2,500 vehicles on average a day, and keeping motorists moving efficiently and safely is our number one priority.”
Views from the cameras, as well as the ferry schedules, can be found online.