March 24, 2017


Good afternoon,


This weekend, we have some temporary closures of portions of Route 146 scheduled as part of the Central Street Bridge replacement project in North Smithfield. We closed the bridge to traffic this past Monday. The specifics of the Route 146 closures from Friday night at 10 p.m. through Saturday at midnight are available here.


We also want to remind you that we're closing the Pawtucket Avenue Bridge on Friday, March 31. Get all the details here.




Apponaug Circulator, Warwick



Route 117 (Centerville Road), east of Meadow Street to Post Road, remains closed to through traffic for bridge work, with local traffic access maintained to area businesses. Lane shifts are possible in this same area weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for drainage work.


On Wednesday night, we're planning to close one eastbound lane with lane shifts for drainage installation work at Post Road Village at Music Lane, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Please note: shoulder parking will be prohibited and traffic shifted during this operation. We also have some drainage installation scheduled on Greenwich Avenue at Post Road, with shoulder closures Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




Central Street Bridge, North Smithfield



On Monday, we closed the Central Street Bridge which carries Route 5 (Central Street) over Route 146 in North Smithfield. Weekend closures of portions of Route 146 are scheduled for Friday through Saturday night at midnight so we can begin to safely demolish the bridge. 


We have been preparing the bridge for demolition by removing the bridge deck wearing surface and beginning removal of the approach slabs.  Below the bridge on Route 146, we began the installation of the temporary median barrier and began placing the detour signs. 




Division Street Bridge, Pawtucket



This past week, we performed some hammer sounding of the bricks on the south side of the bridge via a snooper truck under the bridge on arches 1 through 4, which span a parking area and Taft Street, respectively. Hammer soundings help us best determine areas in need of repair. Our work will require temporary closures of Division Street East, from Pleasant Street to Water Street, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please follow signed detour via Pleasant Street and Main Street.




Hamlet Avenue Bridge, Woonsocket



Next week, we will continue the steel repairs and bridge support installation at the Northeast and Southwest ends of the bridge.




Newman Avenue Bridge, East Providence



The bridge reopened on Thursday, March 23 with a temporary traffic signal in place to control alternating one-way traffic across the bridge.  This traffic pattern, on Route 152 (Newman Avenue) North and South, from Barney Street to the Massachusetts state line, will be in place for the duration of the project.  Next week, construction will continue with the demolition of half of the existing bridge deck and portions of the concrete abutments and wingwalls. 




Pawtucket Avenue Bridge, East Providence


As we prepare to replace the bridge, we relocated all overhead utilities to their temporary pole locations, removed all barrier and placed gravel to support the new asphalt for the temporary crossovers on I-195. We began work on the support system needed to build the new structure while maintaining traffic across the bridge. Continuing these activities next week will require left lane closures on Pawtucket Avenue North and South, from Warren Avenue to Waterman Avenue, Saturday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.



Next week, we're also planning to remove the overhead signage, install some temporary construction signage, pave the I-195 crossover, and install the new barrier that will remain during our demolition process. Left lane and shoulder closures are anticipated during these operations on I-195 East, from Exit 6 (Warren Avenue) to Exit 8 (Route 6), and I-195 West, from the Massachusetts state line to Exit 6 (Broadway), Saturday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.


The first weekend closure of Pawtucket Avenue and the traffic shift on I-195 East and West is scheduled for Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m.




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