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Reopening of Capron Road Bridge Removes Another Structurally Deficient Bridge

Bridge replaced in less than nine months reopens today

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is removing another structurally deficient bridge from its inventory by reopening the Capron Road Bridge, currently scheduled for the end of the day today, Thursday, November 9.

"This is RIDOT and the RhodeWorks program doing what we said we would do - working diligently to improve our transportation system and remove structurally deficient bridges," RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said.

RIDOT's project management approach developed a schedule to close, demolish and rebuild the bridge in just one construction season. This includes the use of innovative bridge design elements called Northeast Extreme Tee (NEXT) Beams, pre-cast concrete components that significantly decreased the bridge reconstruction timeframe.

In addition to replacing the bridge, RIDOT also added a sidewalk to the west side bridge, refurbished and reset historical makers, and repaved the bridge approaches. Full project completion is slated for Spring 2018.

With the bridge's reopening, RIDOT will be able to lift all weight limits that had been in place on the structure.

The replacement of the Capron Road Bridge, on schedule and on budget, 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: 11-09-2017

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