VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 4:30 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321

Nov. 7, 2018

Route 3 over the Rappahannock River will be reduced to a single lane overnight on Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16, with up to 30-minute full traffic stops

NOV. 12, 2018 UPDATE: All lanes of Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will remain open this evening, Nov. 12, and on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Heavy rain and high winds have cancelled a scheduled lane closure for bridge pin cleaning and pin replacement work on these evenings. Work will resume on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, and will occur again on the evening of Friday, Nov. 16.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Pin cleaning and pin replacement work on the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River resumes on the evening of Monday, Nov. 12.

Drivers will encounter overnight single lane closures on the bridge each evening through Friday, Nov. 16, weather permitting.

Travelers can expect lane closures on Norris Bridge at the following times and dates, weather permitting:

Norris Bridge Pin Replacement

Monday, Nov. 12 – Friday, Nov. 16

  • 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. overnight – single lane closure
  • Full traffic stops up to 30 minutes while pin is removed and replaced
  • Emergency vehicles will always be permitted to pass

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is cleaning and replacing bridge pins at two locations on Norris Bridge. A bridge inspection in October 2017 identified two pins for routine replacement due to corrosion from environmental exposure. The pins and the attached hangars help the bridge beams absorb the stress of vehicle traffic.

Since work began in October, two bridge pins have been thoroughly cleaned. Crews are moving to the second work location to clean one pin and attempt to remove and replace a second pin.

Traffic will be stopped at the bridge approaches, and northbound and southbound traffic will alternate crossing the bridge led by a pilot vehicle.

VDOT scheduled the work to be performed after a bridge painting project concluded in June 2018 and a milling and paving project was completed in Aug. 2018. This maintenance project is anticipated to be completed in November 2018.


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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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