VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


July 27, 2018

Drivers can expect one-way, alternating traffic on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge between Middlesex and Lancaster counties for milling and paving project

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Motorists crossing the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will encounter brief travel delays on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29.

Route 3 will be reduced to a single lane on a portion of the bridge during the weekend. Automated flagging devices will direct traffic, controlled by members of a flagging crew.

Construction began Thursday, July 5 on a project to mill and pave the bridge deck overlay. The bridge deck overlay is the travel surface that motorists ride on. The overlay also serves as a protective layer over the bridge’s steel deck. 

While most work is occurring 24 hours a day from Sunday through Friday evenings, work has been scheduled this weekend due to weather delays. Additionally, a lane closure will be left in place on Sunday to avoid having vehicles travel on a milled section of the bridge deck.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is milling up the existing deck overlay, which is a combination of concrete and asphalt. A water-resistant asphalt, Rosphalt, will be used for the new overlay.

The new surface is intended to reduce the frequency of unscheduled repairs to the existing concrete and asphalt. Drivers will notice a smoother riding surface and fresh pavement markings at the end of the project. 

Construction is anticipated to be completed by Labor Day weekend. According to the project contract, all work must be completed by November 1, 2018. 

For more information, please watch the project video on YouTube or visit the project page online at www.VirginiaDOT.org.


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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.


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