JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. — VT Halter Marine, of Pascagoula, Mississippi was awarded a $16.5 million contract to construct a new ferry boat to replace The Virginia, the oldest vessel in the Jamestown-Scotland fleet.
The 1936 Virginia ferry was built to accommodate the 1930’s era vehicles.
The vessel has narrower parking lanes and a 12- ton limit. It transports 25 cars each trip.
The new ferry will have a 70-vehicle capacity, and will able to transport nearly 500 passengers.
The ferries take motorists across the James River between James City County at Glasshouse Point and Surry County at Scotland Wharf in VDOT’s Hampton Roads District.
Construction on the ferry is expected to be complete by April 2018.