A new truck restriction goes into effect this week for the bridge that carries Route 37 eastbound and westbound over Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, close to the Post Road (Route 1) interchange in Warwick. Because of its continued deterioration, trucks over 16 tons will be prohibited from crossing it.
RIDOT has established a signed detour using I-95, the Airport Connector and Post Road:
• Route 37 Eastbound – Take Exit 2A for I-95 South, then take Exit 13 for the Airport Connector. Take the Post Road exit and turn left for Post Road northbound.
• Route 37 Westbound – Take Post Road southbound and use the on-ramp for the Airport Connector toward I-95. Take I-95 North to Exit 14B for Route 37 West.
A detour map is available at www.ridot.net/DetourMaps.
RIDOT already has an active $75.9 million, multi-bridge project to repair deficient bridges along the Route 37 corridor. This bridge will be repaired as part of that work. RIDOT is evaluating the level of deterioration on the bridge and the scope of necessary repairs to determine the timeline when the weight restriction can be lifted.
The project is funded in part by a $20 million federal TIGER grant secured by Rhode Island's Congressional delegation.
All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.
The Route 37 Bridges Project is 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.