DOT: Route 99 bridge work will be com­pleted by 6 a.m. Mon­day

Woonsocket Call - - VALLEY/NATION -

WOONSOCKET – If you plan on us­ing Route 99 this week­end or next, ex­pect some de­lays, the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion ad­vises.

DOT says traf­fic pat­terns will change on two of the high­way’s bridges in Cum­ber­land and Lin­coln as the agency em­barks on a $1.67 mil­lion re­pair pro­ject. The first ac­tu­ally went into ef­fect at 8 last night and will re­main in place un­til at least Mon­day morn­ing.

The lat­ter in­volves the Black­stone River Bridge, a large struc- ture that car­ries Route 99 over the Black­stone be­tween the Sayles Hill Road in­ter­change and Route 122 (Men­don Road).

RIDOT will in­stall a new ex­pan­sion joint on the bridge over the course of one ex­tended week­end to re­duce im­pacts on mo­torists. The in­stal­la­tion in­volves clos­ing one of the two north­bound lanes – start­ing last night. DOT projects this phase of the work will be done by 6 a.m. Mon­day.

“Mo­torist should plan for some de­lay” DOT ad­vises..

The sec­ond change is sched­uled for Oct. 20 on the bridge car­ry­ing Route 99 over Route 146, just prior to merg­ing with the south­bound lanes of Route 146. Lane clo­sures will be needed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Fri­day, Oct. 19, and Satur­day, Oct. 20 as part of es­tab­lish­ing a new traf­fic pat­tern. At least one lane in both di­rec­tions will re­main open.

This work will re­quire a di­vided high­way con­fig­u­ra­tion with a lane split in the mid­dle of the bridge. Mo­torists should not stop or change lanes be­fore the split. Both lanes con­tinue through the work zone and pro­vide ac­cess to south­bound travel lanes on Route 146.

The traf­fic split will al­low DOT to con­tinue re­plac­ing bridge joints and mak­ing con­crete re­pairs. This pro­ject has been on­go­ing, with all traf­fic shifted to the left to al­low work on the right side of the bridge.

The lane split will re­main in place through early Novem­ber. At that time the split will be re­moved and all traf­fic will be shifted to the right to al­low work on the left side of the bridge. The nor­mal traf­fic pat­tern will be fully re­stored by the end of Novem­ber, weather per­mit­ting.

This cost of the pro­ject also in­cludes two other bridges – on Route 78 in Westerly, ac­cord­ing to DOT, which said the rev­enue for the pro­ject came from 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.”

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