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June 3, 2013

Maintenance project will periodically close a single lane of Route 3 over Rappahannock River

FREDERICKSBURG—Periodic daytime lane closures have been scheduled for the Robert O. Norris Bridge on Route 3 this summer for a bridge maintenance project.


Northbound and southbound traffic will be directed by flaggers to alternate passing through a work zone between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. several days a week. The maintenance project will begin on Wednesday, June 12, and is expected to continue every week through September.


Each week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will announce the specific days for lane closures the following week through local media outlets and 511Virginia. The days of the lane closures will change each week depending on weather and the contractor’s work schedule.


An inspection of the bridge’s 286 pins in March 2013 found 34 bridge pins at 6 locations were in need of cleaning to remove rust that had developed due to environmental exposure. The pins and the attached hangars help the bridge beams absorb the stress of vehicle traffic. VDOT and its project contractor, McLean Contracting, will remove each one of the 34 pins, clean them, and either rehabilitate or replace each one, depending on its condition.


“Removing this rust will allow these pins to continue doing their job, which is to allow the beams to absorb the stress from the weight of traffic,” said Annette Adams, VDOT District Bridge and Structure Engineer. “This maintenance work is a routine part of a bridge’s life cycle. “We will do everything we can to keep lane closures to a minimum, especially during peak travel times in the morning and afternoon.”


During October 2007, VDOT replaced a metal pin that connects some of the bridge’s structural steel members. This pin is located in different part of the bridge structure from the current project. This pin was inspected during the March 2013 review of all of the bridge’s pins, and it remains in good condition.


Most of the maintenance work can be accomplished underneath the bridge and outside of travel lanes, but periodic lane closures are needed for the contractor to set up and move a work platform along the bridge, and position its equipment.


The project will have no impact to maritime traffic underneath the bridge.


The Norris Bridge is located on Route 3 between Lancaster and Middlesex counties, and crosses the Rappahannock River at White Stone.

Motorists can call 511, visit, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time traffic and work zone information in any area of the state.





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