Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Oct. 6, 2017

Drivers can expect daytime and overnight delays on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the next two weeks between Lancaster and Middlesex counties

FREDERICKSBURG – Drivers traveling Route 3 over the Robert O. Norris Bridge between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will encounter brief daytime and overnight delays over the next two weeks for a scheduled bridge inspection and ongoing maintenance work to repair structural steel on the bridge.

The inspection crew and contractor performing structural steel repairs are coordinating lane closures and work zones with the bridge painting project.

Upcoming work on Monday, Oct. 9 – Friday, Oct. 20 will be in addition to the temporary traffic signals that are controlling one-way traffic at the center spans of the Norris Bridge. The signals are controlling traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as part of a $12.8 million painting project underway through June 2018.

Norris Bridge Bridge Inspection

  • Monday, Oct. 9 – Friday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 16 – Friday, Oct. 20: Single lane closure on Norris Bridge. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. One-way, alternating traffic will cross the bridge controlled by automated flagging stations.

Structural Steel Repairs

  • Tuesday, Oct. 10, Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 12: Overnight single lane closure on Norris Bridge with several complete traffic stops up to 15 minutes. Work underway 7 p.m. each evening until 6 a.m. the following morning. One-way, alternating traffic will cross the bridge controlled by temporary traffic signals already in place for painting project. Crews are using heat to straighten an overhead section of steel at the truss damaged by vehicle traffic.

Painting Project

When lane closures for the bridge inspection work zone are in place, the temporary traffic signals at the bridge’s center spans for painting will be placed in flash mode.

When inspection work is completed each day, the traffic signals will resume color operation, and will again control traffic.

Additional information on Norris Bridge painting work and structural steel work is available online at the project page on


Real-time information on the bridge work zone and lane closures will be available on 511Virginia.

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