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Nina Ulrich 757-409-4376


Sept. 16, 2021

Ferry motorists can now view traffic queues in Surry and James City County

JAMESTOWN – With the addition of four new cameras to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 511 network, motorists can now view traffic queues for the
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry in Surry and James City counties, with the goal of making travel times more predictable for ferry passengers.
The department’s Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is one of the first ferry systems in Virginia to be shown on the VDOT 511 cameras. Installation of the four cameras along Route 31 began earlier this summer and went live on Sept. 3. Two cameras are located at the intersection of Rolfe Highway and Pleasant Point Road in Surry, and in Jamestown, two cameras are placed on the existing digital message sign on Jamestown Road.
While not all ferry traffic will be in view of the cameras, motorists will be able to see the queue approximately one-half mile from the boarding locations in real-time to decide if an alternate route is needed.  
“We now have a direct way to efficiently assist ferry travelers and help them make informed decisions,” said Wes Ripley, ferry operations manager. “We transport up to 2,500 vehicles on average a day, and keeping motorists moving efficiently and safely is our number one priority.” 
Three ferries are currently in operation and at maximum, one of the largest ferries can hold up to 70 vehicles. Once on board, the trip is approximately 20 minutes. The ferry is free and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Views from these cameras, along with ferry schedules, can be seen online at https://www.virginiadot.org/travel/ferry-jamestown.asp. Motorists are encouraged to visit www.511virginia.org, call 511, or download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app, for current traffic and travel information.

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