Projects - East Bay

The RhodeWorks plan to repair roads and bridges was approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo on February 11, 2016. The legislation (2016-H 7409Aaa, 2016 - S 2246Aaa) creates a funding source that will allow the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to repair more than 150 structurally deficient bridges and make repairs to another 500 bridges to prevent them from becoming deficient, bringing 90 percent of the State's bridges into structural sufficiency by 2025.

Project Summary List

Birch Swamp Road & Schoolhouse Road Project

  • Location: Warren
  • Start Construction: 2021
  • Finish Construction: 2022
  • Total Projected Cost: $6 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes

When it rains heavily, Schoolhouse Road in Warren floods. In the same area, both Schoolhouse Road and Birch Swamp Road have severely deteriorated pavement. Both of these issues and more will be addressed by a $6 million pavement reclamation and reconstruction project that started on August 6, 2021.

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East Bay Bike Path Bridges - Temporary Enhancements

  • Location: Warren/Barrington
  • Start Construction: 2021
  • Finish Construction: 2023
  • Total Projected Cost: TBD
  • Detours Needed: No

In fall of 2019, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) closed the two aging wooden trestle bridges that cross the Barrington and Palmer Rivers because of severe deterioration which made them unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. Known as the East Bay Bike Path Bridges, they were built in the 1880's as railroad bridges and were converted to bike paths in the 1980's.

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Safe Routes to School

  • Location: Barrington
  • Start Construction: 2020
  • Finish Construction: 2022
  • Total Projected Cost: $12.2 Million
  • Detours Needed: No

RIDOT has numerous projects as part of the Safe Routes to School program, which make it easier and safer for children and their families to walk or ride to school.

The fully federally funded program has been active for more than a decade. In a three-year span of newer projects we will have invested $12.2 million into the program.

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Silver Creek Bridge Replacement

  • Location: Bristol
  • Start Construction: 2019
  • Finish Construction: 2020
  • Total Projected Cost: $5.5 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes

The Silver Creek Bridge, which carries Hope Street (Route 114) over Silver Creek, is part of a critical access road into the heart of downtown Bristol. Without it, tourists cannot access the town and local businesses and schools would be subject to constant congestion. Built in 1922, this tiny (16 feet long) but important bridge was rated structurally deficient and posted at only 17 tons. It had to be rebuilt.

* All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.