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Jamestown-Scotland Ferry. Virginia Department of Transportation.

Timber dolphins served the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry well in the 1950’s when boats carried 28 cars. Today, with ferries carrying 70 cars, VDOT seeks a stronger, more reliable system.

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is a free vehicle ferry that carries Virginia State Route 31 traffic across the James River in Virginia and provides the only vehicle crossing of the river for 25 miles. WRA was asked by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to develop a new design alternative to the timber dolphins used on both sides of the river to guide the ferries to dock. Large modern ferries, cross winds, and heavy ferry usage is causing regular damage to the timber dolphins, which require frequent repair and replacement. WRA is designing a new dolphin system using the latest Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) piling products available to provide high strength and durable timber dolphin replacements, enhancing the safety of the facility and significantly reducing maintenance costs and service disruptions.

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Drawing