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Dec. 22, 2014

Routine maintenance work will close ferry service in Northumberland County during low ridership months; Merry Point Ferry to be affected for several days in February

FREDERICKSBURG—The Sunny Bank Ferry in Northumberland County will be out of service for approximately 90 days for maintenance work starting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

In addition, the Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County will be out of service for several days in February. The precise dates will be announced as soon as they are available.

“Disrupting ferry service is something we always seek to avoid.  We selected the lowest ridership months of the year to perform this project to minimize delays for travelers,” said David Brown, Northern Neck Residency Administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT),  “Taking the vessels out of the water will allow us to inspect them, perform necessary maintenance, and return them to service before spring.”

Sunny Bank Ferry is located on Route 644 in Northumberland County, and crosses the Little Wicomico River.

The Merry Point Ferry operates in Lancaster County. Located on Route 604, it crosses the western end of the Corrotoman River.

Starting on Jan. 15, the Sunny Bank Ferry will be removed from the water. Once the contractor has finished maintenance work on the Sunny Bank Ferry in February, the boat will be moved to Lancaster to provide service on the Merry Point Ferry, which has higher ridership than the Sunny Bank Ferry. The vessel serving as the Merry Point Ferry will then undergo maintenance.

More information about the Merry Point Ferry is available on

More information about the Sunny Bank Ferry is available on

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