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Media Advisory: Providence Viaduct Groundbreaking Scheduled for Monday, July 15

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), along with Federal, state and local officials, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Providence Viaduct Replacement Project. The Viaduct represents a central artery in our state and our region. With over 220,000 vehicles crossing daily, it is one of the most heavily trafficked stretches of interstate on the East Coast.

WHAT: Officials will discuss the importance of this project, which will replace the southbound side of the 1,290-foot bridge that carries I-95 through the heart of Providence. Attendees will have a chance to sign a ceremonial steel pile that will be used in one of the foundations of the new bridge.

WHEN: Monday, July 15, at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Intersection of Harris Avenue and Providence Place, Providence

PARKING: Free parking will be available at the RIPTA lot at 260 West Exchange Street in Providence, located between Dean Street and the R.I. Convention Center Garage. Transportation will be provided to and from the event site.

VISUALS: Additional information about the project can be found at

BACKGROUND: Built in 1964, the Viaduct has surpassed its design life and is showing signs of deterioration. The replacement of this structure is vital to the economic health of Rhode Island and dozens of businesses served by this interchange, including Providence Place Mall, the Convention Center, the Dunkin Donuts Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Downtown/Waterplace Park and businesses along Atwells Avenue.

Contact: Rose Amoros (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450

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  • Department or agency: Department of Transportation
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  • Release date: 07-09-2013

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