VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


July 3, 2018

Starting at noon Thursday, milling and paving work will be underway 24 hours a day on weekdays to install a new travel surface on Route 3 over the Rappahannock River

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Construction begins on Thursday, July 5 to mill and pave the bridge deck overlay on the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties. 

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 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is milling up the existing deck overlay, which is a combination of concrete and asphalt. A water-resistant asphalt, Rosphalt, will be 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. 

Beginning at noon Thursday, drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic on Route 3 on the bridge on Mondays through Fridays, 24 hours a day. No work will routinely be scheduled to occur on Saturdays and Sundays, although weekend work may be needed in limited instances if severe weather postpones work.

Motorists can anticipate an additional 5-10 minutes of travel time to cross the bridge while the work zone is in place.

Construction is anticipated to be completed 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. Flagging crew members operate the devices, which can be rapidly adjusted to respond to heavy congestion or incidents on the bridge. 

An overnight bridge closure is anticipated for at least one evening, but several overnight closures may be required when crews begin milling and paving in the bridge’s center spans. Advance notice of closure dates will be communicated to the public to allow travelers to prepare and plan around these dates. 

Emergency response vehicles will always have access to pass through the work zone, even during an overnight bridge closure. 

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

For more information, please watch the project video on YouTube or visit the project page online at www.VirginiaDOT.org.


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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