VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


April 14, 2017

Drivers can expect daytime and overnight lane closures next week on Route 3 between Lancaster and Middlesex counties

UPDATE: All lanes of Route 3 on the Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will remain open during daytime hours from Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22. Daytime lane closures have been cancelled.

A single lane will be closed on Norris Bridge from 7 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Friday for spot concrete repairs to the bridge deck travel surface.

FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists can anticipate brief delays on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River next week between Lancaster and Middlesex counties.

Work continues on a $12.8 million painting project of the bridge’s three center spans. The project contractor is installing the platform system required to paint the bridge.

Maintenance work will also be underway nightly on Tuesday through Thursday evenings to make concrete repairs to the bridge deck travel surface.

Weather permitting, motorists can expect lane closures at the following times:

Tuesday, April 18

• Single lane closure 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge deck travel surface repairs

Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20

• Single lane closure 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for painting project

• Single lane closure overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge deck travel surface repairs

Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22

• Single lane closure 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for painting project

No lane closures are scheduled at the Norris Bridge from Friday, April 14 through 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 due to the Easter and spring break holiday travel period.

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.

When painting work begins in spring 2017, two temporary traffic signals will be activated on the bridge at the center spans. The signals will control one-way alternating traffic at the bridge's center spans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until the project is completed in 2018.

The contractor has begun to install the temporary traffic signal equipment, but an activation date for the signals has not yet been set.

Additional information on the painting project is available online at the project page on www.VirginiaDOT.org.


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 www.511Virginia.org. 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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