VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 1:10 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Aug. 3, 2018

Route 3 motorists can expect one-way, alternating traffic Saturday and Sunday at the Robert O. Norris Bridge between Middlesex and Lancaster counties for a paving project

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Motorists crossing the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will encounter one-way alternating traffic on the bridge on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5.

Construction is nearly 50 percent complete on a $5.4 million project to resurface the entire bridge deck overlay, which is the travel surface that motorists ride on. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is milling up the overlay, which is a combination of concrete and asphalt. A water-resistant asphalt, Rosphalt, is being used for the new overlay.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, Route 3 will remain reduced to a single lane to avoid having vehicles travel on a milled section of bridge deck.

On Sunday, Aug. 5, Route 3 will remain reduced to a single lane, and paving work will be underway.

Motorists are reminded that there is a 9 ft. width restriction for vehicles crossing the bridge due to the work zone.

While most milling and paving work is occurring 24 hours a day from Sunday through Friday evenings, work is scheduled this weekend to keep the project on track for completion after rain delayed paving earlier in the week. Construction began July 5 and is anticipated to be completed by Labor Day weekend. According to the project contract, all work must be completed by November 1, 2018. 

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. 

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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