NORRIS BRIDGE WEIGHTS TO BE MORE CLOSELY WATCHED

The Virginia Department of Transportation has wrapped up installation of weight monitoring near the Robert O. Norris Bridge, after a week of overnight lane closures. The weight sensor equipment is now located on the Lancaster side about half-mile north of the bridge’s approach. Vehicles don’t even have to stop to be weighed. According to The Northern Neck News (www.northernnecknews.com/) the equipment is embedded in the pavement and designed to gather information from vehicles traveling at normal speed, similar to the type of equipment that is used for traffic counts. The bridge has a posted limit of 45 tons,but the equipment was installed because the department had concerns that the weight limit was being exceeded. VDOT says though, that the Norris Bridge is safe for travel. As part of routine maintenance activities, they say engineers wanted to track the relationship between overweight vehicles crossing the bridge and any additional stress being placed on the structure.