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

Two closure periods scheduled this month

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the next set of closures of Route 152 (Newman Avenue) as part of the Newman Avenue Bridge Replacement Project in East Providence for this week.

The closure affects through traffic on Newman Avenue between Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence and Arcade Avenue just past the state line in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

The closure is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday, December 7 and run through 4 p.m. on Friday, December 8. It allows for asphalt removal and installation and grading the new gravel road base.

The following week, paving, guardrail and striping operations will require a bridge closure during daily working hours from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

During both closure periods, 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

Following each closure period, when Newman Avenue reopens to traffic, the current alternating one-way traffic pattern will be in effect.

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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  • Department or agency: Department of Transportation
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  • Release date: 12-04-2017

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