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Storm-delayed paving projects ramp back up

Work was supposed to restart today on a couple of big milling and paving projects delayed because of Hurricane Sandy.

The Chatham Bridge, which became a soaked mess of potholes during the storm, should have workers on it again Wednesday. They’ll continue patching the concrete deck of the bridge, which has been without pavement most of the month. It’ll stay that way for a couple weeks before it is repaved, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. (Click here for a previous blog on the bridge work.)

That project stretches into Stafford along eastbound State Route 3 to the Blue and Gray Parkway. Crews were scheduled to be patching and paving the eastbound lanes of the highway between Ferry Road and the parkway today. That section has already been milled.

There also will be milling and paving work on the westbound Route 3 exit ramp onto the parkway. That work was delayed because of the storm. No date for that work has been announced.

Work will also pick up again on the Harrison Road paving project in Spotsylvania, VDOT said.

VDOT’s Tina Bundy said drivers should expect lane closures in the work zones each day through Friday.



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