RIDOT is currently replacing the Pawtucket River Bridge, which carries I-95 between Exits 27 and 28.
Replacement of this bridge is a high priority for the Department. A total of nine bridges will be rehabilitated as part of this $81 million project.
RIDOT is building the bridge in phases. This will allow for the bridge's reconstruction with minimal impact to highway traffic and no reduction in travel lanes throughout the life of the project.
The Department has worked closely with the City of Pawtucket to examine any wear and tear to city streets as a result of local truck detours and make repairs as needed.
RIDOT opened the second of three highway structures on September 15, 2012. This is a significant milestone that allowed the Department to fully lift the bridge's 18-ton weight limit. This structure, built to carry I-95 Northbound traffic, is temporarially hosting I-95 South traffic. In April 2012, RIDOT opened the first of the three new highway structures, allowing the Department to eliminate the weight limit for I-95 North.
Work continues on other bridges near the Pawtucket River Bridge. RIDOT currently has closed sections of Taft Street and Pleasant Street where they pass under the highway bridge. These will remain closed for the remainder of the project.
On March 18, 2013, RIDOT will temporarily close Exit 27 from I-95 South. Click here to learn more.
|Fall 2010 - Spring 2012||Build a new bridge to the south of the existing two spans of the Pawtucket River Bridge|
|Spring 2012||Shift I-95 northbound traffic to the new bridge|
|Spring 2012 - Fall 2012||Demolish and rebuild the original I-95 North bridge|
|Fall 2012||Shift I-95 southbound traffic to the new I-95 North bridge|
|Fall 2012 - Spring 2013||Demolish and rebuild the original I-95 South bridge|
|Summer 2013||Shift all highway traffic bridges to their permanent locations|
|Summer 2013||Use the first bridge opened as a collector/distributor road for on-ramp traffic from George Street and off-ramp traffic at Exit 28 (School Street).|
When the final highway bridge is completed, RIDOT will do additional work necessary to shift traffic patterns to their final configuration. The first bridge opened in April 2012 will remain in service as a collector/distributor road for access to I-95 North from George Street and for Exit 28 (School Street).
In Summer 2013, near the conclusion of the project, RIDOT will reopen the closed segments of Taft and Pleasant streets.