Construction crews are preparing to place the final new bridge beams in April for an improved Chatham Bridge over the Rappahannock River between Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg, and river traffic will be briefly stopped on weekdays for public safety when beams are lifted over the water.
River traffic may encounter brief, intermittent stops between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting the week of Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 9, and on weekdays for the remainder of April.
Stops may range from 30 minutes to 1 hour in length as each beam is swung into position over the water using a crane, and then secured by crews on the bridge. A crew member will be positioned in a boat to stop all river traffic before each beam placement.
Construction is on schedule to reopen the Route 3 Business bridge over the Rappahannock River to pedestrian and vehicle traffic in October 2021. Periodic single lane closures and construction activities will continue through April 2022, when all work will be complete.
The new bridge will be slightly wider, and will have a pedestrian path separated from traffic.