RIDOT and EP Ward 3 Councilman Joe Botelho Announce Local Road Delays
Motorists are already familiar with road delays on Pawtucket Avenue between Warren and Waterman Avenues due to construction. Drivers may want to make alternate plans for the coming days:
Ward 3 Councilman Joe Botelho - "We are set to replace the Pawtucket Avenue Bridge in East Providence, and it will close for the weekend starting Friday, March 31. Prior to its closure, we have continued to work on the I-195 center median for the traffic crossover which will be utilized during our weekend closures. This work includes saw cutting and removal of the existing concrete median barrier. During this operation, motorists can expect left lane and shoulder closures on I-195 East, from Exit 6 (Warren Avenue) to Exit 8 (Route 6), and I-195 West, from the Massachusetts state line to Exit 6 (Broadway), Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
After recently removing six traffic signal poles from the I-195 median barrier, we are also planning to relocate the last overhead utility line from the existing bridge to the temporary pole locations to the west. We will have temporary short-term closures, approximately 10 minutes in duration on I-195 East and West, from Exit 6 (Warren Avenue/Broadway) to Exit 8 (Route 6) for this work during the early morning hours Sunday from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.
We will have left lane closures for excavation work on Pawtucket Avenue North and South, from Warren Avenue to Waterman Avenue, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Left lane closures are also scheduled within the same work zone on an as-needed basis for ongoing utility work weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m."
RIDOT Traffic Advisory: Newman Avenue in East Providence to Close as Part of Bridge Replacement Project
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced upcoming closures of Route 152 (Newman Avenue) as part of the Newman Avenue Bridge Replacement Project. The first closure of Newman Avenue, from Barney Street to the Massachusetts state line, is scheduled to last for four days, beginning on Monday, March 20.
The structurally-deficient Newman Avenue Bridge carries approximately 9,000 vehicles per day on Newman Avenue over the 10 Mile River. Built in 1934, the bridge has deteriorated to a point that is beyond the scope of repair or rehabilitation. Through a $4.7 million, two-year construction contract with John Rocchio Corporation, $2.6 million of which represents the cost of construction, the Department will replace the bridge using conventional construction methods.
During the first closure period, from March 20-March 23, RIDOT will install barrier, signing and striping, and add a temporary traffic signal for a new alternating one-way traffic pattern that will be used throughout the duration of the project, currently slated for completion in Spring 2019.
During 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 www.ridot.net/detourmaps.
Newman Avenue Detours
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 114A/Fall River Avenue; Fall River Avenue becomes Pleasant Street; Stay right for Route 1A/Pawtucket Avenue; Return to Newman Avenue.
The second closure, anticipated to begin approximately one week after the completion of the first, will start the demolition process, when crews will work to demolish the north side of the bridge. This process should take about two days. Later this year, RIDOT plans to have another short-term closure to install the new concrete beams. This will be followed by paving of the first half of the bridge, and then putting traffic on the new structure.
During the 2018 construction season, the Department plans to continue the process on the second half of the bridge, with demolition, concrete beam placement and paving, prior to opening the new Newman Avenue Bridge completely to traffic. This will be followed by resurfacing of approximately ¼ mile of Newman Avenue on either side of the new structure.
All dates are weather-dependent and subject to change. To sign up for weekly updates on this or other RIDOT projects around the state, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.dot.ri.gov or follow RIDOTnews on Facebook or Twitter for timely information on construction projects and traffic conditions.
Contact: Charles St. Martin (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4007
Interstate Highway Restrictions
East Providence: I-195 East and West, from Exit 6 (Warren Ave./Broadway) to Exit 8 (Rte. 6), temporary short-term closures, approximately 10 minutes in duration, for utility work during the early morning hours Sunday from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.
East Providence: I-195 East, from Exit 6 (Warren Ave.) to Exit 8 (Rte. 6), and I-195 West, from the Massachusetts state line to Exit 6 (Broadway), left lane and shoulder closures for construction, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
East Providence: Pawtucket Ave. North and South, from Warren Ave. to Waterman Ave., left lane closures for construction, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.