Bridge work caus­ing lane shifts on Route 99

Pawtucket Times - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY/REGION -

The Rhode Is­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (RIDOT) has an­nounced up­com­ing tem­po­rary traf­fic pat­tern changes on two bridges on Route 99 in Cum­ber­land and Lin­coln.

The first change is slated for this week­end at the Black­stone River Bridge, a large struc­ture that car­ries Route 99 over the Black­stone River 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 pe­riod to re­duce im­pacts to area mo­torists. The in­stal­la­tion in­volves clos­ing one of the two north­bound lanes Fri­day night, Oc. 12 at 8 p.m., through Mon­day morn­ing, Oct. 15, at 6 a.m. Mo­torists should plan for some de­lay.

The sec­ond change is sched­uled for Oct. 20 on the bridge which car­ries Route 99 over Route 146, just prior to merg­ing with Route 146 South. 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 the 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 Route 146 South.

The traf­fic split will al­low the De­part­ment to con­tinue re­plac­ing bridge joints and mak­ing con­crete re­pairs. This project has been on­go­ing, and right now all traf­fic is 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.

All sched­ules are weather-de­pen­dent and sub­ject to change.

This $1.67 mil­lion project also in­cludes re­pairs to two bridges on Route 78 in West­erly, and is sched­uled reach fi­nal com­ple­tion by the end of the year.

This bridge preser­va­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work 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, pro­mote eco­nomic devel­op­ment, and cre­ate jobs. Learn more at www.ridot.net/ RhodeWorks.

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