Effective Monday, April 18, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be closing the Hopkins Hollow Bridge for repairs for about three weeks. The concrete and stone arch bridge, built back in 1924, carries approximately 200 vehicles per day on Hopkins Hollow Road over Roaring Brook in the Town of Coventry.
During a recent bridge inspection, the Department found significant deterioration to the arch bridge that if left alone, could eventually lead to a more costly rehabilitation. The work is part of a $6.5 million bridge repair project, with a budget contingency of $400,000, involving repairs to 9 bridges statewide. The cost for preserving the life of the Hopkins Hollow Bridge is approximately $400,000.
The work required for the Hopkins Hollow Road Bridge involves filling voids and cracks between the bridge's concrete arch and its outer structural components. The bridge needs to be closed to allow sufficient curing time for a 2-inch layer of grout being used for the repair while protecting the arch's structural integrity during construction. During the bridge's closure, motorists on Route 102 North will be directed to follow a signed detour using Route 117, and those on Route 102 South to follow a signed detour using Plain Meeting House Road. A detour map with turn-by-turn directions is available on RIDOT's website at www.dot.ri.gov/detourmaps.
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Contact: Charles St. Martin (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4007