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RIDOT closing Ten Mile River Bridges early due to deterioration

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will close the Ten Mile River Bridges by late afternoon tomorrow, Friday, December 30, 2011. The bridges carry North Broadway over the Ten Mile River and over a nearby small stream in East Providence.

The weight limit on the bridges was posted at 3 tons in July 2011, but the results of a recent inspection revealed deterioration significant enough to prompt RIDOT to close the spans. RIDOT is in the process of awarding a contract for the rehabilitation of these bridges, and was set to close them in late winter for this work. The bridges will remain closed for approximately two years.

"We regret the need to close these bridges ahead of schedule, but motorist safety must be our first concern," RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. "We will ensure that the new bridges are completed as expeditiously as possible."

The existing detour route for trucks will remain the same. Passenger vehicles will be able to use a shorter detour. All detour maps will be posted on RIDOT's website (www.dot.ri.gov). The detours are as follows:

North Broadway Detour (Cars Only)

Northbound

Turn right onto Centre Street

Turn left onto Pawtucket Avenue

Turn left onto Newman Avenue

Follow Newman Avenue, which becomes North Broadway

Southbound

At the intersection of Newman Avenue and Pawtucket Avenue, follow Pawtucket Avenue southbound

Turn right onto Centre Street and follow to intersection with North Broadway

North Broadway Detour (Trucks)

Northbound

Bear left onto Roger Williams Way

Turn right onto Pawtucket Avenue

Turn right onto Newman Avenue

Follow Newman Avenue, which becomes North Broadway

Southbound

At the intersection of Newman Avenue and Pawtucket Avenue, follow Pawtucket Avenue southbound

Turn right onto Taunton Avenue

Turn right onto North Broadway

The work to close the bridges will be done by D'Ambra Construction of Warwick, who is the apparent low bidder for the $2.8 million rehabilitation project. RIDOT will completely replace the superstructure on both bridges.

Those with questions can contact RIDOT's Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information will be available on RIDOT's social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

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

Related links

Department or agency: Department of Transportation

Online: http://www.dot.ri.gov

Release date: 12-29-2011

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