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Bridge painting project to total $40.7 million

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Areas of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Bridge that are being prepared for painting are shrouded in a fabric structures to contain debris. Collection systems capture debris materials and send them 110 feet below to a barge on the Rappahannock River. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Completion deadline is June 2018

by Tom Chillemi

The three center spans of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Bridge are being prepared and painted by the M&J Painting Company. The nearly 2-mile bridge, which opened in 1957, crosses the Rappahannock River between Topping in Middlesex County and White Stone in Lancaster County.

The $12.8 million project is expected to be completed by June 2018, said Kelly Hannon, communications manager at VDOT’s Fredericksburg office.

About 335,000 square feet of steel will be power washed, sandblasted to remove old paint, then primed and painted an identical shade of blue to match previously painted bridge spans. When all of these steps are performed in one area, crews will move to the next location.

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posted 07.12.2017

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