The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has reopened the Wilbur Road Bridge over Route 146 in Lincoln. The bridge had been closed since August 26, 2010 as part of a project to resurface a portion of Route 146, replace the bridge deck, and increase the overhead clearance over Route 146.
"We were committed to opening the bridge before the start of the school year, and we have honored that commitment," said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. "We especially want to thank the community for their patience during this closure, and are pleased that the motoring public and the school system buses will no longer have to detour around the bridge."
In Spring 2010, RIDOT began construction on Route 146 from south of the Sherman Avenue exit to just north of the Route 116 interchange. The resurfacing portion of the $8.2 million project - funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - concluded last year, with a final pavement layer placed earlier this Summer. The entire project is slated for completion by the end of this Summer. Lewis added a special thanks to the contractor, D'Ambra Construction, for a job well done.
Motorists with questions can contact RIDOT's Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional information will be available on RIDOT's website (www.dot.ri.gov) and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.
Contact: Heidi Gudmundson (401) 222-1362 x. 4009