VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Aug. 31, 2018

New layer of water-resistant asphalt covers bridge deck on Route 3 between Lancaster and Middlesex counties, a distance of nearly two miles, to improve ride and maintain bridge deck

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – All travel lanes are open on the Robert O. Norris Bridge as construction to mill and pave the bridge deck with a layer of water-resistant asphalt is complete.

Construction began July 5, and project contractor Allan Myers finished work two months ahead of the completion date of November 1, 2018, to restore travel lanes by the Labor Day holiday travel period. The $5.4 million project was funded with state maintenance funds.

The Norris Bridge carries Route 3 traffic over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties. 

Drivers will notice a smoother riding surface and fresh pavement markings. The project also seeks to reduce the frequency of unscheduled travel surface repairs. 

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. 

The project removed the previous deck overlay, which was a combination of concrete and asphalt. It was replaced with a new layer of asphalt containing Rosphalt, which makes the travel surface water-resistant.

The Norris Bridge carries an average of 8,208 vehicles on weekdays, and an average of 6,326 vehicles on weekends.


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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