The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will open the eastbound lane of the new Barrington Bridge tomorrow, Friday, September 4, 2009. This movement will result in all traffic using the new bridge.
RIDOT opened the bridge to westbound traffic on August 26 and has completed construction on a short section of roadway that had to be built before the eastbound lane could be opened.
Construction will continue on the new Barrington Bridge through the fall. Occasional lane closures may be required. Pedestrian traffic will continue to use the temporary Barrington Bridge until demolition begins later this month. All schedules are weather-dependent.
The new Barrington Bridge is 418 feet long and 30 feet wide. It features wider sidewalks on both sides (eight feet versus five feet on the original bridge) with a protective rail between the sidewalk and travel lane. Additionally, period lighting will be installed on the bridge.
Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007