Pawtucket Avenue Bridge Replacement Project

RIDOT this spring and summer will be replacing the Pawtucket Avenue Bridge, a heavily traveled corridor in East Providence, R.I. which spans I-195. Motorists will encounter delays and detours as we work to complete this project as quickly as possible. Work has already started with weekday lane closures.

As part of RIDOT's RhodeWorks program to repair Rhode Island's deficient bridges, we'll be replacing this bridge using accelerated bridge construction methods that will get the project done in four months instead of two years. See Latest Press Release »

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What You Need to Know

In order to replace the Pawtucket Avenue Bridge and do it quickly, we'll have lane closures on both Pawtucket Avenue and on I-195.

Weekend Closures

Weekend Closures: The bridge will be closed to all traffic. The closure details are as follows:

Pawtucket Avenue Bridge

  • Bridge closed from 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 through 6 a.m. Monday, May 22.
  • Traffic on Pawtucket Avenue will be directed to follow a signed detour using Grosvenor Avenue, Broadway and Warren Avenue.
  • The I-195 West on-ramp, located just north of the bridge, will be closed.
  • Pedestrian access may be limited, but flaggers will be present to aid anyone needing to walk across the bridge

I-195 East and West

  • I-195 reduced from three travel lanes to two in each direction from 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 through 6 a.m. Monday, May 22.
  • Auxiliary lanes in both directions for on- and off-ramp traffic will be closed.
  • On Friday night and Saturday, all traffic will shift onto I-195 westbound travel lanes to allow for safe demolition of the bridge over eastbound lanes.
  • On Saturday night and Sunday, all traffic will shift onto I-195 eastbound travel lanes to allow for safe demolition of the bridge over westbound lanes.

I-195 Ramps

  • The East Shore Expressway to I-195 West will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday, May 22. Follow signed detour using Wampanoag Trail, Pawtucket Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway to reach I-195 West.
  • The Warren Avenue on-ramp to I-195 West, located approximately ΒΌ mile west of the intersection with Highland Avenue (close to Rumford Pet Center) will be closed overnight Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following day. Traffic will follow Warren Avenue westbound toward two other on-ramps to I-195 West (via Broadway or after Potter Street).
  • The exit for East Shore Expressway from I-195 East (Exit 7), located immediately after the work zone, will remain open for vehicles in the right travel lane.

What is Accelerated Bridge Construction?