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Robert O. Norris Bridge Deck Overlay

Route 3 over the Rappahannock River
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
July 5, 2018

Est Completion Date
Aug. 30, 2018

Recently Completed

$5.4 million

Allan Myers

Lancaster and Middlesex


Robert Ridgell, Area Construction Engineer
(540) 899-4288
Kelly Hannon, VDOT Communications Manager
(540) 374-3344

Project Details

A project to mill and pave the Robert O. Norris Bridge deck overlay with fresh asphalt was completed on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.

All lanes of Norris Bridge on Route 3 over the Rappahannock River are open to traffic.

The bridge deck overlay is the travel surface that motorists ride on. The overlay also serves as a protective layer over the bridge’s structural steel grid deck.

VDOT and its contractor, Allan Myers, milled up the existing deck overlay on the bridge, which was a combination of concrete and asphalt.

An additive material, Rosphalt, was added to hot mix asphalt to create the new deck overlay. Mixing in Rosphalt creates a water-resistant asphalt layer over the bridge's structural steel deck. Waterproofing the deck overlay will protect the deck from corrosive elements such as saltwater, salt from snow removal operations, and bird droppings. Motorists will also notice improved skid resistance.

Additionally, the new surface is intended to reduce the frequency of unscheduled maintenance repairs to the existing travel surface of concrete and asphalt. Drivers will notice a smoother riding surface and fresh pavement markings.

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

It carries an average of 8,208 vehicles a day on weekdays, and an average of 6,326 vehicles a day on weekends.

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What Drivers Can Expect

Drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic Sunday evening through Friday evening, 24 hours a day.

Emergency vehicles will always be granted access to pass through the work zone, even during an overnight closure.

Drivers will observe a mobile work zone, with the location on the bridge changing as the contractor makes progress milling and paving each evening.

One-way traffic will be controlled near the work zone by automated flagging assistance devices (photo, above). These portable traffic control devices are operated by a certified flagging crew member, usually from a vehicle in the work zone. The timing can be immediately adjusted by the operator to respond to congestion and incidents.

The speed limit on the bridge is reduced to 35 mph from 45 mph.

A vehicle width restriction of 9 feet is in place. Advisory signs are posted on both bridge approaches to notify drivers.

"Pardon Our Dust" Meeting: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

VDOT held a “Pardon Our Dust” meeting about upcoming construction to mill and pave the Robert O. Norris Bridge deck overlay on Wednesday, May 30 at Lancaster Middle School in Kilmarnock.

Meeting presentation

Meeting fact sheet


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