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RIDOT to begin preliminary work related to Pawtucket River Bridge replacement


Work may result in temporary lane, shoulder and exit closures in the vicinity of the bridge The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that beginning tomorrow, Thursday, February 14, 2007, it will commence soil boring operations in the vicinity of the Pawtucket River Bridge in Pawtucket. The work represents exploratory work needed for the replacement of the Pawtucket River Bridge, which carries I-95 North and South over the Pawtucket River.

The work will result in temporary closures of local streets, sidewalks and shoulders. Additionally, RIDOT is planning to close the School Street off-ramp (Exit 28) from I-95 North for one day on Sunday, February 24 from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists at that time will be directed to use Exit 27 (George Street/Downtown) and Division Street to reach School Street.

“RIDOT continues to move expeditiously to replace this bridge in an effort to remove weight restrictions as quickly as possible,” RIDOT Director Jerome F. Williams said.

Generally, work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of work on I-95, which will be limited to the off-peak hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. RIDOT expects the work to be completed by February 29.

Work schedules, including hours of operation and affected streets, will be posted on RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov/traffic/bridge550.html. All work schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The work is part of the initial steps to replace the 50-year-old bridge. In November, RIDOT lowered the weight limit on the bridge to 22 tons. Vehicles in excess of this weight are directed to either use I-295 and/or Route 146 to bypass the area or to make use of local detours in the Pawtucket area. State Police continue to enforce the weight restriction and truck operators violating the weight restriction will face heavy fines.

Motorists with questions regarding the work can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service department at 222-2450.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007


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