VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


Nov. 15, 2021

Starting tomorrow, Nov. 16, drivers should expect single lane closures and intermittent traffic stops on Route 3 Business for repairs underneath the bridge

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has scheduled daytime lane closures and brief traffic stops on the Chatham Bridge over the Rappahannock River this week.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 16, Route 3 Business will be reduced to one travel lane in both directions between Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg for repairs underneath the bridge.

To safely complete the work, crews will also have to stop all traffic intermittently at both approaches of the Chatham Bridge up to 15 minutes at a time. Emergency vehicles will still be able to cross the bridge during the work zone.

Weather permitting, Route 3 Business will be reduced from four to two travel lanes each day between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The 15-minute full traffic stops will occur intermittently throughout the day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The daytime lane closures and brief stops will occur each day through Friday, Nov. 19.

While Chatham Bridge opened to vehicle traffic last month, repairs underneath the improved structure continued and are expected to be complete by April 2022.

A message board will be posted later today to warn drivers about the scheduled traffic stops.

Learn more about the $23.4 million Chatham Bridge improvement project online, and view the work zone construction camera here.

Motorists can find real-time information on lane closures, work zones, traffic and other incidents on 511Virginia.
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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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