VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 9:25 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Oct. 15, 2018

Route 3 over the Rappahannock River will now be reduced to a single lane overnight on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17 with up to 30-minute full traffic stops

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – A lane closure scheduled for this evening on the Robert O. Norris Bridge has been postponed, and all lanes of Route 3 remain open between Lancaster and Middlesex counties.

Two evenings of lane closures scheduled for pin replacement on Norris Bridge are now set to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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

Norris Bridge Pin Replacement

Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17 (two consecutive nights of work)

  • 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

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

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is replacing two bridge pins at two locations. 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.

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.

Several additional evenings of overnight lane closures will be scheduled and announced in advance as part of the pin replacement effort.

Norris Bridge Inspection Continues

Daytime lane closures will continue through Friday, Oct. 26, for a scheduled bridge inspection on Norris Bridge. This inspection of the entire bridge is completed once every two years. All fracture-critical elements on Norris Bridge are inspected annually.

Travelers can expect lane closures at the following times and dates in October for the bridge inspection:

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – single lane closure
  • Mondays through Fridays only
  • No lane closures on Saturdays or Sundays

Traffic will be controlled by automated flagging devices, operated by a certified flagging crew.


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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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Page last modified: Oct. 16, 2018