Essex County Virginia

Downing Bridge Work Postponed

Posted on 01/13/2021
Motorists can expect brief delays on Route 360 in the Tappahannock area with
one-way, alternating traffic over the bridge from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for
maintenance work
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Routine bridge maintenance at the Downing Bridge will cause brief overnight delays in the Tappahannock area over the next two months as crews perform spot repairs to improve the bridge deck and joints.
On evenings when work is underway, Route 360 will be reduced to a single lane on the Downing Bridge over the Rappahannock River between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Automated flagger assistance devices will direct one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin next week on the evenings of Wednesday, Jan. 13 and Thursday, Jan. 14. All lanes will reopen by 7 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15.
The following week, crews are scheduled to resume work beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, and work will continue on the evenings of Monday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 21.
Concrete repairs to the bridge deck and bridge joints help to protect the bridge structure from deterioration, and also provide a smoother ride for motorists.
Overnight single lane closures are anticipated to continue through mid-March 2021.
Weekly lane closures are expected to be scheduled on Sunday through Thursday evenings.
The Downing Bridge connects Richmond County and the Town of Tappahannock in Essex County.
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