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Weight restriction lifted on Norris Bridge

A three-ton vehicle weight limit on the Robert O. Norris Bridge imposed last Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Transportation, was lifted two days later following a thorough inspection of the bridge’s key support elements found the structure to be safe to carry vehicles of all legal weights, a VDOT release stated.

The Norris Bridge carries traffic along Route 3 between Middlesex and Lancaster counties.

During a milling and paving operation on the bridge last week, a VDOT construction inspector reported an abnormal sound that could potentially indicate a safety concern with a bridge element, according to VDOT spokesperson Kelly Hannon. A team of VDOT bridge inspectors began an inspection last Thursday morning to ensure all bridge elements are safe.

A temporary detour for vehicles larger than three tons was set up temporarily, while the investigation was completed.  ...

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