Chatham BridgeThe public is invited to join the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for a virtual, online “Pardon Our Dust” meeting Thursday, May 21 to learn more about upcoming construction to improve the Route 3 Business bridge over the Rappahannock River, also known as Chatham Bridge.

The meeting will be held from 7-8 p.m. Thursday. Participants can participate by visiting VDOT’s YouTube Live channel on the meeting date and time. No pre-registration is required.

Participants can watch a brief presentation from VDOT staff on the project, followed by a live chat question-and-answer session. The session will be made available for viewing on VDOT’s YouTube channel after the live session has ended.

Construction activity is anticipated to begin near the Chatham Bridge after Memorial Day weekend, although the bridge will initially remain open to traffic. Crews will install a causeway extending into the Rappahannock River underneath the bridge for construction equipment access. Chatham Bridge is anticipated to close to traffic in June 2020. Traffic will be detoured for an estimated 16 to 18 months, with a bridge reopening planned for fall 2021.

Two weeks before the bridge is closed, the closure date will be announced on message boards positioned on roads leading to the bridge. The closure date will also be shared by traffic alert, on the project website at, and through VDOT’s Fredericksburg District social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor.

The Rappahannock River will remain open to recreational traffic throughout the project. River warning signs and buoys will be posted to guide boaters through the work zone on the river.