Since 2016, a Facebook group – Replace the Robert O. Norris Bridge – has been advocating that the 60-year-old bridge that crosses the Rappahannock River at White Stone needs to be replaced. Last week, the group’s efforts began to pay off with action in the General Assembly.
Early in the session, Delegate Keith Hodges of Middlesex and Delegate Margaret Ransone of Westmoreland filed a bill calling for the replacement of the bridge. The delegates represent the districts on either end of the bridge. Later, State Senator Ryan McDougle, who represents the lower Northern Neck including White Stone, filed a bill addressing the bridge.
McDougle’s bill (Senate Bill 1749) proposed a “Robert O. Norris Bridge & Statewide Special Structure Fund.” McDougle said the special fund would be used for the maintenance and replacement of large infrastructure, including the Norris Bridge. The senator noted, “Those utilizing the aging bridge, which connects Route 3 over the Rappahannock River, have become accustomed to the inconvenience associated with lengthy delays due to various maintenance issues.”
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