VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


June 28, 2018

All lanes on Route 3 over the Rappahannock River will remain open until 12 p.m. Thursday, July 5

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The project to mill and pave the deck overlay on the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties has been postponed until to Thursday, July 5.

The postponement is due to additional time needed to test the quality and durability of the materials that will be used for this project. 

Next week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin to mill up the existing deck overlay then apply a water-resistant asphalt, known as Rosphalt, instead of starting today, June 28. 

All lanes on the bridge will remain open until 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. At that time, Route 3 on the bridge will be reduced to a single lane, alternating one-way traffic on weekdays, 24 hours a day. There will be no weekend work scheduled unless severe weather or other limitations may cause delays in the project’s timeline to be complete by Labor Day. 

Despite the delayed start date, the project’s contractor still anticipates to be complete by Labor Day weekend. According to the project contract, all work must be completed by November 1, 2018. 

Automated flagging devices will direct traffic through the work zone. 

For more information, watch the video on YouTube.


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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