Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


May 8, 2017

Temporary traffic signals for bridge painting project will flash starting Tuesday, May 16, and move to full color operation on Wednesday, May 17

FREDERICKSBURG – Temporary traffic signal equipment will be activated at the center spans of the Robert O. Norris Bridge on Route 3 next week between Lancaster and Middlesex counties.

Temporary traffic signals will be placed in flash mode on Tuesday, May 16. Full color operation will start on Wednesday, May 17.

Once activated in full color operation, the two temporary traffic signals will control one-way alternating traffic at the bridge's center spans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Message boards will be posted at the bridge this week to alert travelers to the upcoming activation of the traffic signals.

Crews will use the closed lane to paint the center spans of the Norris Bridge. Cleaning and painting the bridge’s center spans will protect its structural steel elements and prevent deterioration and corrosion.

The signals will remain in place until the end of the painting project in June 2018. The contractor has been offered a financial incentive to finish work ahead of schedule.

This project will complete a full painting of the Norris Bridge spans. Additional spans were cleaned and painted between 2009-2012.

Additional information on the painting project is available online at the project page on

Upcoming Lane Closures

Travelers can expect single lane closures on Norris Bridge at the following dates and times, weather permitting:

Monday, May 8 − Tuesday, May 9

  • Single lane closure 7 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Maintenance crews will make spot concrete repairs to the bridge deck’s travel surface.

Wednesday, May 10 – Saturday, May 13

Monday, May 15 – Tuesday, May 16

  • Single lane closure 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Construction of painting platforms.


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 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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