Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


Feb. 4, 2013

Motorists may experience brief delays at Rappahannock River crossing

FREDERICKSBURG – A bridge rehabilitation project on Route 301 over the Rappahannock River between Caroline and King George counties has passed the halfway point, and traffic will be shifted tomorrow onto an improved bridge span.


On Tuesday, February 5, traffic on Route 301 will be diverted to the repaired northbound bridge span. Motorists may encounter brief delays as workers direct vehicles through the work zone.


A $5.5 million contract was awarded to Corman Construction, Inc., to repair the superstructure of the James Madison Memorial Bridge. The project completion date is July 2013.


Since the project began in March 2012, traffic on Route 301 has been reduced from four lanes to two lanes, with one lane of traffic always open in each direction.

During the first construction phase the northbound bridge span was closed, and traffic was diverted to the southbound bridge span.

During the project’s next and final phase, the southbound bridge span will be closed to traffic. Southbound Route 301 traffic will be diverted to the repaired northbound span.


The rehabilitation project will replace the bridge parapets, and will repair the bridge deck. The bridge deck will be overlaid with a latex hydraulic concrete, which will increase the service life of the concrete bridge deck and improve rideability.


The James Madison Memorial Bridge was built in 1980. When it opened, it replaced an existing swing span bridge built in 1934.


It carries an average of 12,000 vehicles a day, according to a VDOT traffic count.


Real-time listings of travel times, work zones, and traffic incidents in Virginia are available on VDOT’s 24-hour traffic information website, Motorists can also access 511Virginia by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.



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