Norris Bridge work schedule amended

WHITE STONE—Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials have announced revisions to the current project schedule for the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge.

A bridge pin replacement project initially calling for single-lane closures and travel delays on Monday, September 24, and Saturday, September 29, was changed; instead calling for single-lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, and Monday, October 8, weather permitting, reported VDOT communication manager Kelly Hannon.

Traffic will be controlled both days by automated flagging devices, operated by a certified flagging crew.

The project also calls for consecutive nights of work. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6, as well as Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20, weather permitting, traffic will be stopped at the bridge approaches and northbound and southbound traffic will alternate crossing the bridge led by a pilot vehicle, said Hannon. During the overnight work, motorists can expect full traffic stops up to 30 minutes while the pins are removed and replaced.

Emergency vehicles will always be permitted to pass.

Bridge inspection

In addition to the pin replacement, a scheduled bridge inspection will be held on the Norris Bridge from Monday, October 1, to Friday, October 26. This inspection of the entire bridge is completed once every two years, said Hannon. All fracture-critical elements on Norris Bridge are inspected annually.

Travelers can expect lane closures, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Traffic will be controlled by automated flagging devices, operated by a certified flagging crew.