June 16, 2017


Good afternoon,


Our Providence to Newport ferry service starts today, with a dockside celebration for our second year. There will be more trips this year: four trips Sunday through Thursday, and; five trips on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. We've also extended our service through Sunday, October 1. More information is available here.




Apponaug Circulator, Warwick


A new traffic pattern has been established at Apponaug Four Corners (Post Road at Centerville Road and Greenwich Avenue). Motorists are now required to navigate through the area around traffic barrels as a phase in the roundabout development.  Please stay to the right of the barrels. 


Route 117 (Centerville Road), east of Meadow Street to Post Road, remains closed to through traffic for construction until the final traffic configuration is implemented.  Local traffic access is maintained to the businesses. Please note: lane shifts for construction including bridge rehabilitation are possible weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


One lane will be closed, with shoulder closures possible in Post Road Village, from Apponaug Four Corners to Spruce Street, for drainage and lighting work, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking may also be impacted within the construction zone.


Landscaping continues at the following locations:


  • Veterans Memorial Drive/Extension, from Post Road to Greenwich Avenue, and from Greenwich Avenue to Toll Gate Road
  • Centerville Road, from Benefit Street to the Veterans Memorial Drive Extension




Capron Road Bridge, Smithfield



Next week, we plan to demolish the remaining bridge deck, east abutment, and the center pier of the bridge, which remains closed through late Fall 2017.




Division Street Bridge, Pawtucket


We will restore masonry for one of the arches and prepare the site ramp access to construct the detention basin area at the River Street side of the bridge. One lane remains closed on Taft Street near the boat ramp under the Division Street Bridge, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 




Hamlet Avenue Bridge, Woonsocket



We will work on the concrete surface finish and the protective coating on the east bridge support. In addition, we will finish the installation of expansion joints in the roadway, plus shore, jack and make repairs to the northwest bridge support. Lane shifts are possible during daytime hours.




Newman Avenue Bridge, East Providence



Next week, our micropile cap construction will continue at the east and west abutments, Saturdays and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. This work requires the existing alternating one-way traffic pattern, with a left lane closure, on Route 152 (Newman Avenue) North & South, from Barney Street to the Massachusetts state line.




Pawtucket Avenue Bridge, East Providence



Over the past week, we completed the Phase II concrete deck closure pours and bridge curbing and the approach slabs. Reconstruction of the Pawtucket Avenue approaches is currently underway. Next week, we will place concrete for bridge sidewalks, parapets, and wingwalls, and finish waterproofing the bridge deck. We will install curbing and sidewalks on the east side of Pawtucket Avenue.




Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge, Providence



Drainage work is ongoing along Promenade Street, from the Bath Street Bridge to Pleasant Valley Parkway.  Traffic signal work, including conduit and wire installation, continues at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Parkway and Promenade Street and on Dean Street.


During bridge and road reconstruction, lane closures and intermittent traffic stoppages are possible on Promenade Street at Pleasant Valley Parkway, and on Dean Street and Kinsley Avenue, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lane from Kinsley Avenue to Providence Place may be closed; traffic should follow the detour from Dean Street (south) to West Exchange Street to Sabin Street, back to West Exchange Street and then to Dean Street (north).





Providence River Pedestrian Bridge, Providence


This week, work continued on both the east and west abutments. Next week, the west wing walls will be stripped and backfill will begin.  We will install rebar at the east wing walls and walls may be placed by the end of the week.  Masonry and joint repair work to the existing piers will continue.  Steel fabrication has begun, off-site, and will continue through the summer.




Providence Viaduct, Providence



Weather permitting, we will continue our paving operations next week. We will have alternating lane closures on I-95 South, from Exit 21 (Atwells Avenue) to Exit 20 (I-195), Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. We will also have the same travel restrictions when we pave Providence Place, from Harris Avenue to Park Street, and Promenade Street, from Park Street to Holden Street, Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect delays during both operations.




Route 138 (East Main Road) ADA Improvements, Portsmouth



As we shared last week, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements to Route 138 (East Main Road) East and West, from Turnpike Avenue to Boyds Lane in Portsmouth, are underway. The project also includes a small portion of Park Avenue, from Chase Road to Norseman Drive. Read more here.


Next week, we plan to remove sidewalks and curbing, and to install concrete curb. This will require a left lane closure on Route 138, from Turnpike Avenue to Village Way, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.




Smith Street Resurfacing Improvements, Providence


Our curb, sidewalk and driveway replacement continues along Route 44 (Smith Street), from Lyndhurst Avenue to Chalkstone Avenue, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pedestrian and parking restrictions remain within the construction zone.




South Main Street/North Main Street ADA Improvements, Providence


Lane and shoulder closures are possible for construction weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on South and North Main Streets, from Williams Street to North Court Street, as National Grid installs the gas line and we adjust structures in preparation for paving. One travel lane will be provided at the work zone throughout the day.




Tefft Hill Trail Bridge, Exeter



Work continues under the I-95 South and North bridges and in the median areas. We will place backfill adjacent to the new southbound walls, and formwork and reinforcement is being constructed for the new pedestal wall sections under the northbound side. Later this week, we will place concrete in these sections. In addition, we may begin to widen the southbound median. All work will take place inside the temporary median barrier, but please be alert for construction vehicles slowing down in the left travel lane to access the area on I-95 South after Exit 5 (Route 102), weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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