VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 3:40 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


July 6, 2018

Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will be reduced to a single lane for paving from 7 a.m. – noon on Saturday, July 7

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Additional paving work has been scheduled for Route 3 on the Robert O. Norris Bridge from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 7.

Motorists crossing the Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties can anticipate an additional 5-10 minutes of travel time to cross the bridge on Saturday morning.

Tomorrow, Route 3 will be reduced to a single lane on a portion of the bridge. Automated flagging devices will direct traffic through the work zone. Flagging crew members operate the devices, which can be rapidly adjusted to respond to congestion or incidents on the bridge. 

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. 

Work crews were delayed Friday afternoon by inclement weather, postponing paving work to Saturday morning. This evening, motorists may experience a slightly rougher ride overnight on a milled concrete surface over a 200 ft. section of Norris Bridge.

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. 

Weather permitting, most work will occur on Mondays through Fridays, 24 hours a day. Weekend work may be scheduled on a limited basis.

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.


Real-time traffic, lane closure and incident information is available on 511Virginia, which now allows users to view traffic cameras posted on both approaches to the Norris Bridge.

Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.


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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