Route 3 over the Rappahannock River will be reduced to one lane during daytime hours

Wednesday, Feb. 1 to Friday, Feb. 3

FREDERICKSBURG – Route 3 will be reduced to one lane on the Robert O. Norris Bridge between Lancaster and Middlesex counties during daytime hours on Wednesday, Feb. 1 through Friday, Feb. 3.

Work is beginning on a $12.8 million maintenance project to paint the three center bridge spans. Next week, the project contractor will install netting on the bridge that will encourage Peregrine falcons to nest outside of the project work zone.

Bridge traffic will be reduced to one lane on the following schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 1

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2 and Friday, Feb. 3

  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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.

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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