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Expect a bumpy ride for a while longer on Chatham Bridge and Route 3

It’ll be a couple of weeks before the Chatham Bridge and State Route 3 in Stafford are smooth again.

The milling and paving work started earlier this month with crews tearing out the pavement on the bridge and along Route 3 to the Ferry Road area.

Tina Bundy, with the Virginia Department of Transportation, said the work is being done in phases with the bridge likely to be the last portion completed.

Crews are currently replacing patches of the concrete deck on the bridge. After that work is complete, they will pave the bridge. Bundy said that work should be done in a “couple weeks.”

The Route 3 eastbound lanes to just beyond the Ferry Road area will be paved while the bridge work is ongoing–a portion of the highway has already been paved. That portion of the project will likely be finished before the bridge, Bundy said.

The other portion of the project is set to be done Thursday night on one of the Blue and Gray Parkway ramps.

Beginning tonight, crews are scheduled to mill and pave the ramp on either end of the Route 3 westbound flyover ramp.

The ramp is scheduled to be closed for the work from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.


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