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Route 3 Business (Chatham Bridge) Bridge Superstructure Replacement

Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Project will be advertised for construction in fall 2020

Preliminary engineering

$22 million

Fredericksburg and Stafford


Byrd Holloway, VDOT Project Manager
(540) 899-4288
Kelly Hannon, VDOT Communications Manager
(540) 374-3344

About the Project

Preliminary engineering work is underway to replace the superstructure of the Chatham Bridge, which is located on Route 3 Business and connects Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg. The bridge spans the Rappahannock River.

The current bridge was built in 1941 and carries 16,000 vehicles a day. It has four travel lanes.

The bridge requires maintenance and a new superstructure to improve its condition.

Approximately $22 million is available for this project through the State of Good Repair program, which funds improvements to deficient bridges and pavements in Virginia.

An early project concept and expanded project schedule is available in this presentation:

Chatham Bridge Presentation: November 2017


The public is invited to attend a design public hearing on Thursday, Jan. 25, to learn more about the Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project and to comment on the proposed design.

The public hearing will be held:

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018*

5-7 p.m.

VDOT Fredericksburg District Auditorium

86 Deacon Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22405

*Inclement weather date: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Stop by anytime between 5-7 p.m. to review displays, proposed plans, the proposed detour route, and discuss questions with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff. No formal presentation will be given at the public hearing.

Written and oral comments will be accepted at the public hearing, and afterward through Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

Comments may also be submitted by mailing them to Mr. Byrd Holloway, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

Comments may be emailed to Please reference “Chatham Bridge Rehabilitation” in the subject line.

Meeting Brochure

Meeting Comment Sheet

Meeting Handout: Dixon Street Detour Route

Meeting Display 1

Meeting Display 2

Meeting Display 3

Rehabilitation of Chatham Bridge Video

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