VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


March 31, 2016

Concrete repair to travel surface will reduce Route 3 traffic to one lane on the Norris Bridge from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7

FREDERICKSBURG – Route 3 traffic will be reduced to one lane on the Robert O. Norris Bridge on the evenings of Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 for repairs to the bridge’s concrete travel surface.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on both evenings.

The Norris Bridge crosses the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties.

Crews will place new concrete over a 47 foot long section of the bridge’s travel surface. The concrete will fill in an area removed on the evening of Saturday, March 26, after a portion of the concrete travel surface deteriorated.

Motorists are currently driving on the bridge’s steel grid deck in the affected area. The steel grid deck has a rougher ride than the concrete travel surface. Concrete is applied over the steel grid deck to protect it from corrosion and provide a smoother ride for motorists.

Temporary asphalt wedges were placed at the beginning and end of the 47 foot segment to help drivers transition between the two surfaces, which have a 2 inch height difference. To ensure that the wedges remain in place for a smooth transition until the permanent repairs are made it may be necessary to have temporary single-lane closures before the upcoming scheduled repair to place additional asphalt at the transition points.

 “We appreciate the public’s patience while we made arrangements to make this emergency repair,” said Joyce McGowan, VDOT Saluda Residency Administrator. “We will restore this concrete next week and eliminate the bumpy, uneven surface that drivers are currently experiencing.”

Message boards will be posted on routes leading to the bridge in Middlesex and Lancaster counties to notify motorists of the overnight lane closures next Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Real-time information on the bridge work zone and lane closures will be available on 511Virginia.

Download the free mobile 511 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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