James River

New pilings at Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to minimize environmental damage

New pilings at Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to minimize environmental damage

When you ride the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, you might have noticed new pilings at the Jamestown terminal.

The Virginia Department of Transportation upgraded the posts used when the ferries dock: They’ve changed from chemically treated wood to a composite structure in an effort to reduce environmental impacts and save taxpayer dollars, according to VDOT spokeswoman Nina Napolitano.

Just after Labor Day this year, VDOT contract crews began driving the composite support stakes into the riverbed and finished on Dec. 3, Napolitano said. The project isn’t over though; old wooden pilings still need to be removed and caps for the new composite pilings need to be installed.

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