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Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Vessel

James City County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Fall 2016

Est Completion Date
April 2018

$27 Million

James City

Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads Communications

About the Project

This project involves the design and construction of a new ferry boat for the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry system. A new 70-vehicle capacity, double-ended, steel hull ferry boat will replace the Virginia. Built in 1936, it is the oldest vessel in the Jamestown-Scotland fleet.

The new ferry will have a 70-vehicle capacity, and will be able to transport up to 499 passengers. The Virginia, built to accommodate 1930’s era vehicles, has narrower parking lanes and a 12-ton limit; it is only able to transport 25 cars on each pass. The ferries take motorists across the James River between James City County at Glasshouse Point and Surry County at Scotland Wharf.


Project Update

The contract for Phase 1, design of the ferry, was given to Alion Science and Technology in September of 2014. 

Construction of the ferry was advertised on August 5, 2016, with construction completion estimated by April 2018.

A $16.5 million contract was awarded to VT Halter Marine, of Pascagoula, Miss., for the construction of the new ferry boat to replace the Virginia

This project is included in the Six-Year Improvement Plan for 2013-2018, with $2.5 million currently allocated for design, and funding for the remaining $25 million for construction available in FY2017-2018. 

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