Route 3 over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties

will be reduced to one lane during daytime hours as painting project begins

FREDERICKSBURG – Preparation work continues for a painting project on the Robert O. Norris Bridge, and motorists will encounter weekday lane closures on the bridge from Monday, February 6 through Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Route 3 will be reduced to one lane on Norris Bridge between Lancaster and Middlesex counties. The project contractor will continue installing 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:

Monday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 10

  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14

  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Construction is starting on a $12.8 million maintenance project to paint the three center bridge spans. 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


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