Bridge paving project delayed; one-lane access to begin July 5

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 has been postponed until Thursday, July 5.

 The postponement is due to additional time needed to test the quality and durability of the materials that will be used for this project.

 Next week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin to mill up the existing deck overlay then apply a water-resistant asphalt, known as Rosphalt. The project initially was to begin June 28.

 All lanes on the bridge will remain open until noon on Thursday, July 5. 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.