Route 3 over the Rappahannock River will be reduced to a single lane overnight on

Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17, with up to 30-minute full traffic stops

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Pin cleaning and pin replacement work on the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties resumes this weekend with overnight work zones tonight and on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 17.

Travelers can expect lane closures on Norris Bridge at the following times and dates, weather permitting:

Norris Bridge Pin Replacement

Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 (two consecutive evenings of work)

·         7 p.m. to 7 a.m. overnight – single lane closure

·         Full traffic stops up to 30 minutes while pin is removed and replaced

·         Emergency vehicles will always be permitted to pass

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is cleaning and replacing bridge pins at two locations on Norris Bridge. A bridge inspection in October 2017 identified two pins for routine replacement due to corrosion from environmental exposure. The pins and the attached hangars help the bridge beams absorb the stress of vehicle traffic.

Since work began in October, two bridge pins have been thoroughly cleaned. Crews are moving to the second work location to clean one pin and attempt to remove and replace a second pin.

Traffic will be stopped at the bridge approaches, and northbound and southbound traffic will alternate crossing the bridge led by a pilot vehicle.

VDOT scheduled the work to be performed after a bridge painting project concluded in June 2018 and a milling and paving project was completed in Aug. 2018. This maintenance project is anticipated to be completed in November 2018.


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