Highway to close as Pine Street bridge work continues
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.