Bridge paving project delayed; one-lane access to begin today


The project to mill and pave the deck overlay on the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties will begin today, July 5.

 The work was scheduled to begin last week but was postponed because additional time was needed to test the quality and durability of the materials that will be used for the project, reported Darragh Frye of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

This week, VDOT will begin to mill up the existing deck overlay then apply a water-resistant asphalt, known as Rosphalt.

 All lanes on the bridge will remain open until noon today. At that time, Route 3 on the bridge will be reduced to a single lane, alternating one-way traffic on weekdays, 24 hours a day. There will be no weekend work scheduled unless severe weather or other limitations may cause delays in the project’s timeline to be complete by Labor Day.

 Despite the delayed start date, the project’s contractor still anticipates to be complete by Labor Day weekend. According to the project contract, all work must be completed by November 1, 2018.

 Automated flagging devices will direct traffic through the work zone.



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