Virginia Department of Transportation

VDOT: delivery of newest James River ferry delayed again

VDOT: delivery of newest James River ferry delayed again

About a year after it was expected to be on the water, the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry service’s newest ship faces even more delays.

The Virginia Department of Transportation initially expected the ship to be in service on the 2-mile stretch of the James River between James City and Surry counties in the spring of 2018, according to Virginia Gazette archives.

Now, in the spring of 2019, VDOT has said its hopes to have the Powhatan on the river by late summer of this year, according to VDOT spokeswoman Nina Napolitano.

An issue with the ship’s propulsion system came to light in August 2018 after initial dockside trials at the Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard contracted to...

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