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Route 123 culvert repair project continues this weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it will continue repairs to a culvert on Great Road (Route 123) beginning tomorrow night, Friday, September 18, 2009. This work will take place just west of the intersection with Old River Road (Route 126), close to the historic Moffitt Mill where Great Road passes over the Moshassuck River.

The construction will require the closure of a travel lane and the establishment of a single-lane alternating traffic pattern beginning at 8 p.m. The pattern will be in place throughout the weekend with two lanes expected to be restored by early Monday morning. The same travel restriction was in place last month during the first phase of the repair project. All schedules are weather dependent.

An inspection of the culvert in July found significant concrete deterioration. The work will involve the pouring of a new concrete deck over the existing culvert and pavement of an asphalt driving surface. While the concrete placement work is expected to be completed early Saturday, the concrete must be allowed to cure through the remainder of the weekend before traffic can drive over that portion of the road.

Police officers will be present throughout the operation directing traffic through the construction zone. Motorists can expect delays in this area, particularly on Saturday when traffic volumes are higher. Drivers are urged to seek alternate routes, and the Department recommends the use of Old River Road (Route 126) and George Washington Highway (Route 116) for traffic coming to and from Route 146.

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


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