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Chatham Bridge Hole Impairs Traffic

The hole which formed Saturday is covered with steel plates until the more permanent repair is made this week.

The right eastbound travel lane on Chatham Bridge reopened Sunday, after a hole formed Saturday in the bridge deck and travel surface.

The two foot by three foot hole on the Rt. 3 Business bridge between Fredericksburg and Stafford County was covered with several steel plates that span the width of the travel lane, VDOT reported. The plates were sealed with an asphalt mix used in cold temperatures.  

Permanent repair to bridge is scheduled for Tuesday.  VDOT bridge maintenance forces will repair the hole from underneath the bridge. Concrete will be poured to fill the hole in the bridge deck, and asphalt will be used to restore the travel surface.

Motorists can find real-time information about traffic incidents and congestion on VDOT’s 24-hour travel information website, www.511Virginia.org. 511Virginia is also available by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.

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