FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists can anticipate brief delays on Route 3 at the Robert O. Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River on Saturday, April 1, and throughout next week.

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.

Route 3 will be reduced to one lane on Norris Bridge from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, and daily from Monday, April 3 through Saturday, April 8.

Motorists can expect delays of 10-15 minutes each day around 7 a.m. as workers set up the work zone and temporary traffic control equipment. Once this equipment is in place, motorists can anticipate delays of approximately 5 minutes for the remainder of the day through 5 p.m.

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 www.VirginiaDOT.org.

511Virginia

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

Download the  free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.