Sgt. Steven Vick of the Virginia State Police said that several crashes on the
Robert O. Norris, Jr. Bridge are being blamed on drivers trying to beat the
signal light and rear-end collissions due to driver inattention.
On Wednesday, June 14th, a vehicle waiting in line at the light was rear-
ended by another vehicle. On Saturday, June 17th, a three-car crash occurred
when a driver rammed two other vehicles stopped at the light. Then on
Sunday, June 18th, two Harley Davidson motorcycles were stopped at the
light when a third Harley Davidson motorcycle drove into them.
Traffic crossing the center span of the Norris bridge is down to one lane 24-
hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week for up to a year while crews work to remove
rust and then repaint the steel structure. Automated signal lights were
installed on the bridge at either end of the work zone to move traffic, one
direction at a time.
According to Sgt. Vick, troopers situated in the work zone have observed
instances of vehicles traveling speeds in excess of 60 mph in order to beat
In all the cases, the lights were functioning properly.