Motorists can anticipate brief delays on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River  during daytime and overnight hours on through Thursday, April 13th.

Work continues on a $12.8 million painting project of the bridge’s three center spans. The project contractor is installing the platform system required to paint the bridge, as well as temporary traffic signal equipment.

Maintenance work will also be underway nightly  to make concrete repairs to the bridge deck travel surface.

Weather permitting, motorists can expect lane closures at the following times:

Monday, April 10 − Thursday, April 13

  • Single lane closure 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for painting project
  • Single lane closure overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge deck travel surface repairs

Norris Bridge Painting Project

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

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

When painting work begins in spring 2017, two temporary traffic signals will be activated on the bridge at the center spans. The signals will control one-way alternating traffic at the bridge’s center spans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until the project is completed in 2018.

Next week, the contractor will begin to install the temporary traffic signal equipment, but an activation date for the signals has not yet been set.

Additional information on the painting project is available online at the project page on


Real-time information on the bridge work zone and lane closures will be available on 511Virginia.

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