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