Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Feb. 17, 2017

Route 3 Business between Stafford County and Fredericksburg will remain open to traffic while crews improve sidewalk and railing conditions on the bridge

FREDERICKSBURG – Overnight work to improve sidewalk and railing conditions on the Chatham Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Stafford County and Fredericksburg will begin next week.

Work will be underway Sunday through Thursday evenings between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Weather permitting, the first night of work will be Sunday, Feb. 19. Repairs are anticipated to take four weeks to complete.

One lane of Route 3 Business will always remain open to traffic in each direction while work is underway. Drivers will be able to cross the bridge and travel between Stafford and Fredericksburg at all times.

Pedestrian access will also be maintained. During the day, sidewalks on both sides of the bridge will remain open. Overnight, the contractor may close one sidewalk to perform repairs, but one sidewalk will always remain open.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its contractor are restoring a smooth concrete surface on deteriorated sections of sidewalk. Additionally, the contractor will replace 55 posts along the bridge railing, and also restore areas of deteriorated concrete.

Crews will also perform a permanent bridge deck repair in the eastbound right lane, where a secured steel plate is covering a hole.


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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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