VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 8 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Aug. 23, 2018

Drivers can expect travel delays and one-way, alternating traffic on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge between Middlesex and Lancaster counties

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Motorists crossing the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will encounter travel delays on Thursday, Aug. 23, due to paving work underway on the bridge.

Route 3 will be reduced to a single lane on a portion of the bridge. Automated flagging devices will direct one-way, alternating traffic, controlled by members of a flagging crew.

Driver delays are expected to be longest during the afternoon peak travel time of 3-6 p.m. due to heavier traffic volumes. Paving will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow and continue into Thursday evening.

Paving is nearly complete on a $5.4 million project to replace the Norris Bridge deck overlay, which is the travel surface that motorists ride on. The overlay also serves as a protective layer over the bridge’s steel deck. 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) milled the existing deck overlay, which was a combination of concrete and asphalt. A water-resistant asphalt, Rosphalt, is being 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. 

Construction is anticipated to be completed by Labor Day weekend. After paving work scheduled for tomorrow is completed, the contractor will focus on final spot paving work and work zone cleanup.


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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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