On Wednesday, August 7, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will begin the Magnolia Street Bridge Demolition Project in Providence. The Magnolia Street Bridge, which carries Route 6 East over the Plainfield Street ramps just before its intersection with Route 10, is 63 years old and is showing signs of aggressive deterioration.
WHAT: RIDOT will stripe Route 6 West at Hartford Avenue and install temporary handicap pedestrian ramps at the intersection of Service Road and Hartford Avenue.
WHEN: Overnight, Wednesday, August 7 at 8 p.m. through Thursday, August 8 at 6 a.m. and Thursday, August 8 at 8 p.m. through Friday, August 9 at 6 a.m.
WHERE: Route 6 East and West and the Olneyville Circulator, between Hartford Avenue and Plainfield Street.
The removal of the bridge will allow RIDOT to make needed roadway improvements for both highway and local traffic. As part of this project, the off-ramp from Route 6 West to Plainfield Street will be closed permanently. This closure is scheduled to take effect on August 19. Traffic will be directed to use the Hartford Avenue exit, which affords easy access to Plainfield Street. RIDOT will make improvements along several surrounding streets and intersections to accommodate traffic during construction and as part of the final configuration.
UPDATE:The scheduled closure of the off-ramp from Route 6 West to Plainfield Street for August 19 has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.
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Contact: Rose Amoros (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450