by Audrey Thomasson
WHITE STONE—Just when contractors are about to complete the 17-month-long painting project on the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge and open it to two-way traffic in June, the Virginia Department of Transportation is throwing in another roadblock.
According to VDOT communication manager Kelly Hannon, an anticipated five-month long project of milling and repaving the travel surface with a waterproofing deck overlay is set to begin in June and continue through November.
VDOT will hold a “Pardon our dust” meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock. The public is invited to learn more about the project, traffic impacts and the contractor. Meeting materials will be available at virginiadot.org on May 30.
“The bridge deck overlay is the travel surface that motorists ride on,” said Hannon. “The overlay also serves as a protective layer over the bridge’s structural steel grid deck.”
An impermeable asphalt, Rosphalt, will be used for the new overlay, she said…