FREDERICKSBURG – Drivers crossing the Robert O. Norris Bridge between Lancaster and Middlesex counties over the Rappahannock River will encounter brief overnight delays for an emergency repair on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2.

Crews will remove several patches of deteriorated concrete from the bridge’s travel surface and replace it with fresh concrete.

Route 3 will be reduced to a single lane on the bridge at the following dates and times:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 30 – 5 a.m. Saturday, March 31
  • 8 p.m. Monday, April 2 – 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 3

Automated flagging stations will direct one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone. Temporary traffic signals in place for the Norris Bridge painting project will be placed in flash mode until the emergency repair work is complete each evening. When repair work is finished, the traffic signals will be placed back into full operation.

A layer of concrete covers the bridge’s steel grid deck. This emergency repair will remove debris from the travel lanes and provide a smooth travel surface for drivers. The bridge’s deck remains sound and safe for travel.

This summer, the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin a $4.2 million project to improve the travel surface of the Norris Bridge and reduce the need for unscheduled maintenance. The current layer of concrete will be removed from the entire 1.9-mile length of the Norris Bridge. The concrete will be replaced with a water-resistant asphalt mix. This project will be completed in fall 2018.