White’s Ferry service shut down

Loudoun County Supervisor Caleb A. Kershner (R– Catoctin District) issued the following statement regarding the shut down of the White’s Ferry service between Montgomery County, Maryland and Loudoun County, Virginia.

“I am extremely disappointed in the shutdown of White’s Ferry in response to the court’s decision in Rockland Farm, LLC, et al. v. White’s Ferry, Inc, which found that White’s Ferry is trespassing on Rockland Farm property.   

The County was not a party to this case between two private entities, Rockland and White’s Ferry.  However, I am exploring actions with our County Attorney and other Supervisors to identify all possible remedies to restore this vital regional transportation link between Montgomery and Loudoun counties.  This historic landmark has been home to a ferry service since 1786 and should continue to serve Virginia and Maryland citizens.

The closure of White’s Ferry, which serves between 600 and 860 vehicles per day according to the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure, because of a lawsuit also illustrates the critical need to pursue a future bridge crossing between Virginia and Maryland. 

Regional connections between Maryland and Virginia are extremely susceptible to issues such as the closure of White’s Ferry and the American Legion Bridge. 

I call on our regional transportation leaders to see the benefits of what can be achieved by addressing long overdue regional transportation needs by building an additional bridge crossing between Virginia and Maryland.  Less congestion will deliver job opportunities, quality of life for our residents, and economic development to our region.  The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors acted in September of 2018 and chose Route 7/Route 28 and Route 7/Loudoun County Parkway as potential bridge crossings from Virginia to Maryland.  I hope we can build on this decision as a region.

We will not be in COVID lockdown forever and the region’s transportation volumes will return at some point to pre-COVID volumes.  With the susceptibility of the Whites Ferry crossing and shut down of the American Legion Bridge, there is no better time than the present to get serious about regional transportation needs between Virginia and Maryland. 

Let’s not wait until post-COVID congestion returns to tackle this problem.”

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