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RIDOT will completely replace this 85-year-old bridge, which has been closed to all traffic since July 2020 because of its poor structural condition. At 167 feet long, this large bridge carries Reservoir Avenue over Amtrak freight rail lines and is a vital link for the Elmwood and Reservoir Avenue neighborhoods, especially for students who walk and bike to Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School.
The Department demolished the bridge in January 2021, setting the stage for reconstruction work which began in Spring of 2021. RIDOT will replace the bridge in two phases, the first phase is to open a portion of the bridge to allow two-way traffic.
RIDOT has been working closely with Amtrak to complete this project. Amtrak provides highly trained personnel during construction and, at times, they have not had as many hours available as previously. For safety reasons, RIDOT cannot work without the supervision of these people.
The Department will continue to work diligently to minimize impact to the public. A temporary signal has been installed on the detour route to help alleviate traffic delays for commuters. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
The Reservoir Avenue Railroad Bridge, carrying Reservoir Avenue over Amtrak, will not reopen by the end of the year as originally scheduled because of delays due to reductions in Amtrak staff availability. The bridge has areas of structural failure which were detected as part of a routine safety inspection in 2020. RIDOT closed the bridge as a safety precaution and issued a demolition contract. The demolition is complete, and reconstruction has started.
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