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Traffic Advisory: RIDOT to Close Newman Avenue in East Providence for Next Stage of Bridge Replacement Project

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: 24-hour closure starts Tuesday morning, October 31

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the next closure of Route 152 (Newman Avenue) at the Newman Avenue Bridge, from Barney Street to the Massachusetts state line. The closure is scheduled to last for 24 hours, on October 31.

The closure is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31 and run through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1. During that time, RIDOT will install the new concrete beams for the southern half of the bridge structure. When Newman Avenue reopens to traffic, the alternating one-way traffic pattern will once again be in effect.

Motorists are advised to follow the recommended detour using the turn-by-turn directions described below. Local access will be maintained. Get detour maps at


  • Follow Route 1A/Pawtucket Avenue south
  • Stay left for Route 114A/Pleasant Street
  • Pleasant Street becomes Fall River Avenue
  • Turn left onto Route 44/Taunton Avenue
  • Turn left onto Arcade Avenue
  • Return to Newman Avenue


  • Follow Arcade Avenue south
  • Turn right onto Route 44/Taunton Avenue
  • Turn right onto Route 11A/Fall River Avenue
  • Fall River Avenue becomes Pleasant Street
  • Stay right for Route 1A/Pawtucket Avenue
  • Return to Newman Avenue

Reconstruction of the second half of the bridge is scheduled to continue into the 2018 construction season. This will be followed by resurfacing approximately mile of Newman Avenue on either side of the new structure.

The structurally-deficient Newman Avenue Bridge, built in 1934, carries approximately 9,000 vehicles per day on Newman Avenue over the Ten Mile River. Through a $4.7 million, two-year construction contract with John Rocchio Corporation, the Department is replacing the bridge using conventional construction methods.

The replacement of the Newman Avenue Bridge was made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT's ongoing commitment to repair structurally deficient bridges and bring Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair, promote economic development, and create jobs. Learn more at

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  • Release date: 10-25-2017

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