Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


June 28, 2017

Safety feature will warn motorists to reduce speed for temporary traffic signals in place for bridge painting project

FREDERICKSBURG – Route 3 traffic crossing the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties should be alert for a work zone tonight to install rumble strips.

Rumble strips will be installed on the pavement leading up to temporary traffic signals on the bridge. This safety feature will warn motorists to stay alert and reduce their speed as they approach the signals.

Work will be underway between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Temporary traffic signals will continue to operate and control one-way, alternating traffic through the existing painting project work zone. A second work zone will be in place to install rumble strips. Law enforcement officials will provide additional traffic control as needed as the rumble strips are applied to the pavement.

High visibility signal backplates have also been added to the temporary traffic signals to make them more visible to motorists, especially at night.

Project Background

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

The temporary traffic signals will remain in place until the end of the painting project in June 2018.

This project will complete a full painting of the Norris Bridge spans. Additional spans were cleaned and painted between 2009-2012.


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