The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has announced that it will reduce the posting of the Harrisville Mill Bridge (#306) in Burrillville from 15 to 10 tons. This means that vehicles over 10 tons will no longer be able to cross the bridge. Signs will be put in place by this afternoon, June 2, 2008.
Built in 1902, the historic stone arch bridge carries Route 107 (East Avenue) over the Pascoag River, and has an average daily traffic count of 10,000 vehicles per day.
RIDOT inspects all of its bridges at least once every two years. The latest inspection and load rating analysis for the Harrisville Mill Bridge showed levels of deterioration in the stone arch portion of the bridge. This recent inspection prompted RIDOT to reduce its weight limit to 10 tons. Due to this posting, RIDOT will increase the frequency of its inspection process for this bridge. The next inspection is slated to be completed within six months.
All passenger vehicles (cars, pick up trucks, SUVs, vans) are permitted to pass over the bridge. With the new weight restriction, all vehicles in excess of 10 tons will need to seek alternate routes.
Motorists with concerns or questions can contact RIDOTís Customer Service office at 401-222-2450, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.