by Jackie Nunnery
WHITE STONE—The decades-long process to replace the aging Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge continues with the addition of $5 million in the recently passed state budget. Funding to replace the bridge, which opened in 1957, was approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in 2021 as part of the Special Structures 50-Year Long-Term Plan.
According to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) communications manager Kelly Hannon, the plan includes $390.3 million to construct a new two-lane bridge with shoulders and a higher rail, with construction slated to begin in fiscal year 2036.
Hannon said the latest round of funding will be put toward preliminary engineering work that is already underway. “VDOT is excited to have these funds to invest….
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