Transportation officials comment on projected Norris Bridge replacement

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

Representatives of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) last week commented on the projected replacement of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge and the need for funding to get the project moving.

According to a preliminary report presented to the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in December, the bridge, constructed in 1957, is scheduled to be replaced in 18 years.

“VDOT uses a statewide, data-driven needs analysis of infrastructure needs to prioritize projects, based on a number of factors, including age, condition, traffic volumes and hubs of connectivity,” said Lindsay LeGrand, assistant division administrator for VDOT communications.

The Norris Bridge, crossing the Rappahannock River between Lancaster and Middlesex counties, received a rating of 5 out of 9…