High­way to close as Pine Street bridge work con­tin­ues

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE jbis­son­nette@paw­tuck­et­times.com

PAW­TUCKET – As re­place­ment of the ag­ing and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing Pine Street Bridge con­tin­ues, the Rhode Is­land De­part­ment of Transportation on Fri­day an­nounced a four-night series of high­way clo­sures for In­ter­state 95 at Exit 27, be­gin­ning next Sun­day.

The Pine Street Bridge, a span that crosses over I-95 car­ry­ing north­bound traf­fic be­tween Mar­rin Street and Cedar Street in the city’s west side, is un­der­go­ing work for a full re­place­ment of the bridge, which was de­scribed by the Rhode Is­land De­part­ment of Transportation as “struc­turally de­fi­cient” and “in an ad­vanced state of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.” The bridge has been closed to traf­fic since June 11.

To in­stall struc­tural com­po­nents of the new bridge that is cur­rently be­ing built, RIDOT has sched­uled a series of overnight high­way clo­sures be­tween 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. as fol­lows:

• Sun­day, July 22 and Wed­nes­day, July 25: I-95 North at Exit 27

• Mon­day, July 23 and Thurs­day, July 26: I-95 South at Exit 27

Dur­ing the high­way clo­sures, traf­fic will use Exit 27 and fol­low a short de­tour route us­ing city streets run­ning par­al­lel to the high­way to reach the next on-ramp to get back onto I-95. Lo­cal traf­fic de­tour­ing around the Pine Street Bridge clo­sure can use Mar­rin Street to Ge­orge Street to Cedar Street, RIDOT of­fi­cials said.

Driv­ers should be aware of lanes shift­ing to the right for both north­bound and south­bound traf­fic. Nightly lane clo­sures may also be needed within the project area through­out the du­ra­tion of the project.

Also, as part of the on­go­ing project, RIDOT will tem­po­rar­ily close the com­muter park­ing lot along Mar­rin Street be­tween Gar­den and Pine streets. The lot will re­main closed for the du­ra­tion of the bridge clo­sure, but an­other com­muter lot is avail­able one block to the east at the cor­ner of Mar­rin and Ge­orge streets.

RIDOT will use ac­cel­er­ated bridge con­struc­tion meth­ods to ex­pe­dite the project. Final com­ple­tion on the span is sched­uled for next spring.

The $9.3 million Pine Street Bridge re­place­ment 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.

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