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Proposed Improvements - Henderson Bridge was declared structurally deficient in 1996, the first year that RIDOT started keeping records. This year, thanks to the help of our Congressional delegation, RIDOT will rebuild it using an additional $54.5 million in federal funds. The total cost for this project is $84.4 million.
Known as the Red Bridge, Henderson is a 26-span steel girder structure spanning 2,000 feet over the Seekonk River. It carries 20,000 vehicles per day and connects the cities of Providence and East Providence.
The bridge was over built. RIDOT will demolish it and build a narrower structure with two lanes of traffic westbound and one lane eastbound.
The cities of Providence and East Providence collaborated to outline the attributes they wanted this project to have.
These include spaces that will benefit both commuters and those seeking recreation. The new structure will have a shared use bike path connecting the on-street bicycle networks in East Providence and Providence as well as the Blackstone River Bikeway.
By reducing the structural footprint RIDOT will decrease the percentage of structurally deficient bridge area in the state by 12 percent. The new smaller bridge will provide better access management for future development of approximately 25 acres and will decrease the need for maintenance.
We recently reopened the new Henderson Bridge, with all traffic currently passing through a new roundabout on Massasoit Avenue. In order to guide drivers through the new traffic pattern, next week we plan to add new striping and additional signage. We also plan to close Massasoit Avenue overnight, from Wilmarth Avenue to Dexter Street, to safely demolish the existing portion of the bridge that crosses over it, plus the existing on/off ramps from the Henderson Expressway and a portion of the existing Henderson Expressway. Follow the signed detours during the closures, Sunday night from midnight to 5 a.m. and Monday-Thursday nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
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