IMMEDIATE - 5 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Feb. 14, 2017

Route 3 will be reduced to a single lane during daytime hours between Lancaster and Middlesex counties

FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists can anticipate brief delays on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River this Wednesday through Saturday.

Preparation work continues for an upcoming $12.8 million painting project of the bridge’s three center spans. The project contractor will install netting on the bridge that will encourage Peregrine falcons to nest outside of the project work zone. Workers will also start installation of the platform system required to paint the bridge.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 17, Route 3 will be reduced to one lane on Norris Bridge from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Motorists can expect delays of 10-15 minutes around 7 a.m. as workers set up the work zone and temporary traffic control equipment. Once this equipment is in place, motorists can anticipate delays of approximately 5 minutes for the remainder of the day through 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, pavement markings on the bridge will be brightened with fresh paint. This will be a mobile work zone from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists can expect intermittent single lane closures. This work was originally scheduled to occur Wednesday, but was re-scheduled due to anticipated rain.

Norris Bridge Painting Project

Cleaning and painting the bridge’s center spans will protect its structural steel elements and prevent deterioration and corrosion.

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


Real-time information on the bridge work zone and lane closures will be available on 511Virginia.

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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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