VDOT welcomes new Ferryboat Powhatan to Jamestown-Scotland Ferry fleet

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JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – There’s a new ferryboat sailing along the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Fleet and its name is Powhatan.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) welcomed the Ferryboat Powhatan on Monday to the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Fleet.

The 24-hour ferry operation named Powhatan to replace Ferryboat Virginia which more than doubles Virginia’s carrying capacity with the total of 70 vehicle accommodations for new ferryboat.

The construction for double-ended, steel hull Powhatan began in 2016 with VT Halter Marine, Inc. taking over the work with a budget $23.4 million.

“Ferries are a lifeline for locals, businesses and services on both sides of the James River, and we welcome the Ferryboat Powhatan as a part of our fleet,” said Shannon Valentine, Seccretary of Transportation.

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VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich hopes the new ferryboat would allow VDOT to meet the current and future demand for “reliable transportation between Surry and James City counties.”

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