VDOT: Jamestown-Scotland Ferry

26 03 2009

VDOT wants to close or at least cut back on the vehicle ferry that crosses the James River between Jamestown and Scotland. While most people around South Hampton Roads probably did not even know that a ferry existed, let me assure you: That ferry is as important a link between Surry County and the Williamsburg area as any connection in South Hampton Roads. Let me give you some examples:

  • Imagine Closing the HRBT or the MMBT
  • Imagine closing I-264 around Newtown Road. Now imagine you had to get from Lynnhaven Mall to Downtown Norfolk. In order to be comparable, you would have to take I-264 to First Colonial southbound, take Oceana to General Booth to Princess Anne to Indian River to Mount Pleasant to Blackwater to Indian Creek (go past Northwest River Park) to Gallbush to the Chesapeake Expressway to I-464.

Detour: Lynnhaven to Downtown

  • Or, say you live in Suffolk and want to go to Downtown Norfolk. Except you have to go via Cedar Road AND Shore Drive.

Detour from Suffolk to Downtown

We would not tolerate a detour like that. These people shouldn’t either. That ferry is used by thousands of people a day. Williamsburg Area Transport (their bus service) runs a route across the ferry to Surry for commuters. South Hampton Roads residents need to support Surry County. If VDOT decides they can start closing highways, who’s next?

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Detour – Click for map larger image

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