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Traffic Advisory: RIDOT Closing Series of Bridges in East Providence

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will begin work March 12, 2018 on a multi-bridge project in East Providence and Providence that will make repairs to five bridges, including replacement of two structurally deficient bridges.

The $20.7 million I-195 Corridor Bridges project begins with the Potter, Purchase and Lyon Avenue bridges in East Providence. These bridges span I-195 and are located close to one another, serving local traffic in the neighborhoods north and south of the highway corridor. RIDOT will be undertaking bridge preservation work on these structures, which involves concrete repairs, bridge joint work and resurfacing.

The Potter Street Bridge will be the first bridge to close on March 12. The Purchase Street and Lyon Avenue bridges will be available for detouring traffic with very little delay. The closure will last approximately three to four months. After reopening the Potter Street Bridge, RIDOT will then close the Purchase Street Bridge. After another three to four months of construction, RIDOT will move to close the Lyon Avenue Bridge. During the project, RIDOT will always keeping at least two of the three bridges open until all three are done in Spring 2019.

The project also includes work on the Parkway Ramp Bridge, which carries traffic from Veterans Memorial Parkway and Warren Avenue onto I-195 West, also in East Providence; and the Blackstone Street Bridge, which carries I-95 over Blackstone Street in Providence, located near the Rhode Island hospitals campus.

As part of the Blackstone Street Bridge work, RIDOT on March 16 will implement a lane shift on I-95 North between Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) and Exit 20 (Point Street) and on I-95 South between Exit 19 (Eddy Street) and Exit 18.

RIDOT will announce additional construction and detour information for this project in the coming weeks.

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The I-195 Corridor Bridges Project 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: 03-07-2018

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