FREDERICKSBURG—Temporary traffic signal equipment will be activated at the center spans of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge next week.
Temporary traffic signals will be placed in flash mode on Tuesday, May 16. Full color operation will start on Wednesday, May 17, reported Kelly Hannon of the Virginia Department of Transportation. Once activated in full color operation, the two temporary traffic signals will control one-way alternating traffic at the bridge’s center spans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Message boards will be posted at the bridge to alert travelers to the upcoming activation of the traffic signals.
Crews will use the closed lane to paint the center spans of the bridge. Cleaning and painting the bridge’s center spans will protect its structural steel elements and prevent deterioration and corrosion, said Hannon.
The signals will remain in place until the end of the painting project in June 2018. The contractor has been offered a financial incentive to finish work ahead of schedule.
This project will complete a full painting of the Norris Bridge spans. Additional spans were cleaned and painted between 2009-2012.
Travelers also can expect single lane closures on the Norris Bridge, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, May 13, and on Monday and Tuesday, May 15-16, as crews erect painting platforms.
Real-time information on the bridge work zone and lane closures will be available on 511Virginia. Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit 511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.