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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
March 2, 2018
NORRIS BRIDGE, DOWNING BRIDGE IN NORTHERN NECK TO REMAIN CLOSED FOLLOWING CRASHES
Bridges will remain closed until sustained high winds subside, allowing for safe removal of crashed tractor-trailers; Trucks advised to delay all travel until wind speeds reduce
6:45 A.M. SATURDAY (MARCH 3) UPDATE:
The Downing Bridge and Norris Bridge remain closed to vehicle traffic, but sustained winds have dropped to 40 mph or below, allowing the recovery operation to safely begin. Wreckers can start removing crashed tractor-trailers from both bridges. Staff must also check bridges for any damage before re-opening to vehicle traffic.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Two major bridges connecting the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, the Robert O. Norris Bridge and the Downing Bridge, remain closed this afternoon after tractor-trailer crashes earlier today.
Both bridges will remain closed until high winds subside, allowing crews to safely remove the tractor-trailers. The Norris Bridge is located on Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties. The Downing Bridge is located on Route 360 over the Rappahannock River between Warsaw in Richmond County and the Town of Tappahannock.
Trucks are advised to remain off the roads in the Fredericksburg District and delay travel until wind speeds reduce and travel conditions improve. High winds have created hazardous travel conditions for trucks and other high-profile vehicles.
Motorists traveling to and from the Northern Neck should use Route 3 and Route 301 to cross the Rappahannock River at Port Royal, which is the next available open river crossing.
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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