Ferry Interruptions Possible Friday Due to High Tide – Smithfield Times

Possible ferry interruptions on Friday due to high tide

Posted 10:37 a.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022

The Jamestown-Scotland ferry may experience intermittent service outages due to high tide levels expected on Friday.

High water caused by higher than normal tide levels prevents loading ramps at docks from being raised and lowered safely on ferries.

Currently, the greatest potential for service disruptions begins late at night. Time estimates are based on current tide predictions and are subject to change.

If service is reduced or suspended, it will be restored as soon as the waters recede, allowing ramps to be safely secured for vehicle loading.

Motorists should plan for potential delays and are encouraged to call the ferry hotline at 1-800-VA-FERRY (1-800-823-3779) or visit 511virginia.org for up-to-date information to determine if a alternate route is required. Motorists can also see traffic queues about half a mile from the pick-up locations in real time on Virginia Department of Transportation 511 cameras.

VDOT recommends the following alternative routes if the ferry service is suspended.

From the Surry pick-up 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 Route 31 (Jamestown Road).

From the Jamestown pick-up location:

  • Take Route 31 to Route 199. Turn right onto Route 199;
  • Join Route 64 East. Follow to James River Bridge exit;
  • After crossing the bridge, turn right onto Route 258, then right onto Route 10; and,
  • Follow Route 10 to the town of Surry traffic light.

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