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Geotechnical work begins for Norris Bridge replacement

Virginia Department of Transportation contractors have begun gathering soil samples from the Rappahannock River bed and shoreline and will continue this sampling through the spring of 2024.

The work is in preparation for eventual replacement of the two-lane bridge, which opened in 1957, said a VDOT release.

Minimal impacts are anticipated to vehicle traffic and boat traffic during this geotechnical review work. No lane closures will be needed on the bridge, which carries Route 3 traffic between Lancaster and Middlesex counties, and no navigational channel closures will be needed in river underneath the bridge, VDOT said.

The Special Structures 50-Year Long-Term Plan includes $390.3 million to replace the Norris Bridge with a two-lane bridge with shoulders and a higher rail. Funding to replace the bridge is currently programmed in the plan to begin in fiscal year 2036, VDOT said.

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