VDOT News - Fredericksburg
|IMMEDIATE - 6 a.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321 cell
Aug. 4, 2020
BRIDGE CLOSURE NOTICE POSTED AT NORRIS BRIDGE
Message boards are activated on Route 3 in Lancaster and Middlesex counties at bridge approaches advising motorists to use another route until winds subside
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – A bridge closure notice is posted at the Robert O. Norris Bridge on Route 3 between Lancaster and Middlesex counties due to sustained high winds.
Message boards are activated on Route 3 at both bridge approaches informing motorists that a bridge closure notice is posted and to use an alternate route.
For real-time updates on the bridge status, check 511Virginia.
High Winds Protocol for Major Bridges
The Virginia Department of Transportation is monitoring wind speeds on major river crossings in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, including:
- Norris Bridge, which carries Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties
- Downing Bridge, which carries Route 360 over the Rappahannock River between Richmond County and the Town of Tappahannock
- Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven, which connects mainland Mathews County with Gwynn's Island
- Eltham Bridge, which carries Route 30/Route 33 traffic over the Pamunkey River and connects the Town of West Point and New Kent County
- Lord Delaware Bridge, which carries Route 33 over the Mattaponi River and connects the Town of West Point and King and Queen County
If sustained winds reach 30 mph over a period of 30 minutes, or there are frequent wind gusts of 45 mph or greater, VDOT will post a high wind advisory notice on these bridges. High-profile vehicles such as tractor-trailers, box trucks and large vans and SUVs are advised to not cross these bridges when a high wind advisory is posted. Trucks carrying small or empty loads may be especially at risk.
When sustained winds reach 45 mph or above over a period of 15 minutes, VDOT crews will post a bridge closure notice. However, bridges will not be physically barricaded.
Notices will be posted on message boards staged at the bridges, and communicated through VDOT news releases, VDOT social media platforms, and on 511Virginia.
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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