The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a series of overnight lane restrictions on Route 146 in the area of the Farnum Pike Bridge in North Smithfield for milling and paving operations. The bridge carries Route 146 over Farnum Pike (Route 104).
Overnight closures will start on Sunday, October 6, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to resurface an area of the highway 1,500 feet before and after the bridge to improve rideability during construction. RIDOT has started a $13.9 million design-build project for a total replacement of this structurally deficient bridge.
Closures will continue for approximately two weeks - Sunday through Thursday nights. At least one lane of travel in each direction will remain open. Closures of on- and off-ramps are possible during this work. RIDOT will publish specific lane closure information as it is scheduled at www.ridot.net/traveladvisories.
A design-build contract allows RIDOT to accelerate the project with design and initial construction activities happening at the same time. Utility relocation work under the bridge will be underway this fall and next spring, and construction activities will ramp up in Summer 2020. The project will be done in Summer 2022.
The bridge carries approximately 40,000 vehicles per day. All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.
The replacement of the Farnum Pike Bridge 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 www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks.