Work crews will be repaving the deck of a two-mile bridge that spans the Rappahannock River in Virginia, leading to one-way alternating traffic that could last beyond Labor Day.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said work on the Robert O. Norris Bridge will begin Thursday. More than 8,200 cars cross the bridge each weekday on Route 3 between Lancaster and Middlesex Counties.

The paving work is likely to add 5-10 minutes to a typical crossing, VDOT said.

The one-way alternating pattern will be in place 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. There could be at least one full overnight bridge closure when crews perform work on the center spans.

VDOT said work is expected to be done by Labor Day. By contract, it must be done by November 1.

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