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Media Advisory: Pawtucket River Bridge completion and naming ceremony scheduled for next week

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), along with Federal, state and local officials, will host a completion and naming ceremony for the new Pawtucket River Bridge on Thursday, September 5. The $81 million project, over three years, rehabilitated or replaced a total of nine bridges in Pawtucket.

WHAT: Officials will celebrate the completion of the project, which serves as a major link for Rhode Island's interstate system. A ceremonial unveiling of the bridge signage will take place.

WHEN: Thursday, September 5, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Taft Street beneath the Division Street Bridge. Parking is available near the event site.

VISUALS: Additional information about the project can be found at

BACKGROUND: Built in 1958, the Pawtucket River Bridge carries I-95 over Taft Street and the Seekonk River. The Department worked in collaboration with a bridge committee established by the City to design the new bridge, which includes architectural elements like Art Deco sculptures and LED accent lighting to give the bridge a signature style.

For more information, visit, RIDOT's Facebook page at or subscribe to our Twitter feed at

Contact: Rose Amoros 401-222-1362 x4450

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  • Release date: 08-27-2013

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