|High-profile vehicles such as tractor-trailers, box trucks, and large vans and SUVs are advised to not cross|
|A high wind advisory has been posted on the Robert O. Norris Bridge, on Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties.|
High-profile vehicles such as tractor-trailers, box trucks, and large vans and SUVs are advised to not cross the bridge. Trucks carrying small or empty loads may be especially at risk.
High Winds Protocol for Major Bridges, Fredericksburg District
This evening, with gusting winds in the forecast overnight, VDOT is monitoring wind speeds at major river crossings in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, including:
- Norris Bridge, which carries Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties
- Downing Bridge, which carries Route 360 over the Rappahannock River between Richmond County and the Town of Tappahannock
- Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven, which connects mainland Mathews County with Gwynn’s
- Island Eltham Bridge, which carries Route 30/Route 33 traffic over the Pamunkey River and connects the Town of West Point and New Kent County Lord Delaware Bridge, which carries Route 33 over the Mattaponi River and connects the Town of West Point and King and Queen County
If sustained winds reach 30 mph over a period of 30 minutes, or there are frequent wind gusts of 45 mph or greater, VDOT will post a high winds advisory notice on these bridges.
When sustained winds reach 45 mph or above over a period of 15 minutes, VDOT crews will post a bridge closure notice. However, bridges will not be physically barricaded.
Additionally, the Route 223 bridge to Gwynn’s Island in Mathews closed to marine traffic openings at 6 p.m. tonight, and will remain closed through 6 a.m. Monday.
Notices will be posted on message boards staged at the bridges, and communicated through VDOT news releases, VDOT social media platforms, and on 511Virginia.