An email sent to our Local Leadership about the "Screening Out" of the Norris Bridge Funding Application:
Out of 436 applicant projects  were screened out
for non-compliance with VTrans2040, and SMARTSCALE constraints.
The Robert O. Norris Bridge was one of the projects that was screened out.
I have read through the response from Mr. Donohue and the rationale many times.
While I am accepting the decision there are more questions as a result of the response rather than any resolution:
VDOT worked with the NNPDC to develop the funding application.
The project was officially screened out sometime in November.
The Norris Bridge funding application was not for “a replacement of an existing bridge…”.
The Funding application formatted by VDOT was for a "Superstructure Replacement only."
Superstructure Replacement was not requested by Delegates Ransone, Hodges and Senator McDougal in their letter dated April 12, 2016. Their request was to “REPLACE THE ANTIQUATED NORRIS BRIDGE.”
Support from the County BOS Resolutions for the Funding application echoed “REPLACE THE AGING NORRIS BRIDGE.”
Contrary to these requests the Funding application was formatted by VDOT to be a Replacement of Superstructure only.
**and then the “Remainder of Virginia”
“Capacity” and "Congestion Mitigation" are not our issues;
" State of Good Repair Program – receives 45% of funds for the
Right now the Norris Bridge has a rating of 5/9 for Superstructure, Substructure, and Deck.
A 4/9 in any single category renders the Bridge "Structurally Deficient.”
The 2007 collapse of the I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis was an asset that had recently become rated as Structurally Deficient.
The last inspection of the I-35 bridge was in May 2007 and it was scheduled for another in November. The Bridge collapsed in August.
Granted the I-35 Bridge had vastly more traffic than the Norris Bridge, but it also was not in an marine environment, nor was it 1.9 miles long.
The upshot- Bad News/Good News
The Bad news:
We are not gaining any consideration with respect to Funding for the Norris Bridge FY 2018-2023.
It will continue to be a drain on the local economy and an obstacle to productive community development conversations.
We will wait until the bridge degrades to become “Structurally Deficient”; it has been a candidate for Replacement due to its' condition since 1991 as per Federal Highway Administration Guide for Maintenance of Bridges and Structures.
The Good News:
VDOT stated in a Town Hall in Deltaville last spring that 'the Norris Bridge would still be standing for another 60 years.’ Now we know it will be 5-15 years.
We have the interest of the decision makers.
We are on their radar, and they are sympathetic to the situation.
Do not let it slip into obscurity. Ask questions. Press for answers.
You may feel that this topic is #11 of your list of top #10 things to tackle on a daily basis but your list becomes much more streamline once there is a Replaced Norris Bridge:
Thank you for humoring me my beliefs in Government,
White Stone, VA
Replacing the Norris Bridge is a Gateway to a Bright Future for the Northern Neck