Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


March 27, 2012

Work will restore bridge deck over Rappahannock River

FREDERICKSBURG—Bridge rehabilitation work is set to begin on Route 301 over the Rappahannock River between Caroline and King George counties.


A $5.5 million contract has been awarded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board to Corman Construction, Inc., to repair the superstructure of the James Madison Memorial Bridge. The project completion date is July 2013.


The project will replace the bridge parapets, and will repair the bridge deck. The bridge deck will be overlaid with a latex hydraulic concrete, which will increase the service life of the concrete bridge deck and improve rideability.


The repair will be carried out in several construction stages.

Starting this week, motorists may notice the appearance of construction signs at the bridge. Periodic single lane closures may be required.

In late April, traffic on Route 301 will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes in the work zone, with one lane of traffic always open in each direction.

During the first construction phase, the northbound bridge span will be closed. Northbound Route 301 traffic will be diverted to the southbound bridge span.


During the project’s second phase, the southbound bridge span will be closed to traffic. Southbound Route 301 traffic will be diverted to the repaired northbound span.


Minor travel delays may be anticipated at peak travel periods on Route 301. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will work to advise motorists traveling through the corridor of potential congestion in the vicinity of the bridge.


The James Madison Memorial Bridge was built in 1980. It is 1,483 feet long, and 73.3 feet wide. When it opened, it replaced an existing swing span bridge built in 1934.


It carries an average of 12,000 vehicles a day, according to a VDOT traffic count.

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