In the Fall, The Virginia Department of Transportation finished a concept study to replace the Robert O. Norris, Jr. Bridge over the Rappahannock with a new bridge upstream. The first steps are being taken to prepare for the project to move forward when approved.
VDOT’s Kelly Hannon said at present there is no funding for design or construction of a new bridge.
"We wanted to jump start two activities that we can do to gather information now that will eventually be required to start design and environmental work."
The first is letters going out now to property owners, in Lancaster and Middlesex Counties, who’ll be affected by four months of surveying that is about to get underway.
"This will let us identify existing property lines, utilities, take photos and really just document existing conditions."
VDOT has also contacted the Coast Guard to request that the new bridge have a lower vertical clearance, 75 feet above mean high water, rather than the 110 feet of the current Norris Bridge.