The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will continue demolishing the deck of the old Route 403 Bridge at Exit 7A over Route 4 tonight. The first half of the bridge’s deck was removed Sunday night.
The bridge deck demolition will be done during the limited hours of 8 – 11 p.m. Because the deck is made of concrete and steel, its solid construction makes for a noisy removal process.
“We apologize for any disruption this work may cause,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis.
Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. crews will switch to less noisy operations. RIDOT will be working to remove loose concrete and steel, and cleaning all debris from the detoured Route 4 roadway.
Once the deck is removed the bridge’s girders will be taken down. This is expected to take two to three days. The final phase will demolish the concrete center pier and the bridge’s abutments.
Night work is done on this project to limit traffic delays and provide safety to both motorists and construction workers. Detours will be in place for motorists using Route 4 north and south in the vicinity of the project. The signed detour uses Route 2 (South County Trail).
Construction updates as well as road openings and closings can be found on RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov
Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe 401-222-1362 x4450