VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


March 29, 2016

Project will improve condition of bridge crossing Rapphannock River at Caroline, King George line

FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) invites the public to attend a “Pardon Our Dust” meeting on Wednesday, April 6, to learn more about upcoming maintenance to rehabilitate the James Madison Memorial Bridge on Route 301 at the Caroline County and King George County line.

 The meeting will be held:

 Wednesday, April 6, 2016

5-7 p.m.

Port Royal Volunteer Fire Department

435 King Street

Port Royal, VA 22535

VDOT staff will be available from 5-7 p.m. to share project plans and answer questions. 

During the project, Route 301 will be reduced to one lane in each direction on the bridge, which crosses the Rappahannock River. Work will begin in April 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2017. 

Concrete repairs will be underway below the bridge deck. The project will also replace bearings, shore up rip-rap on the river slope, and replace navigation lights on the fender system. 

 The bridge is structurally deficient. These repairs were scheduled to improve the bridge condition and remove its classification as structurally deficient.

The James Madison Memorial Bridge was built in 1980. It is 1,483 feet long and 74 feet wide. When it opened in 1980, it replaced an existing swing span bridge built in 1934.

It carries an average of 13,000 vehicles a day, according to a 2015 VDOT traffic count.


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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