Reservoir Avenue Railroad Bridge

  • Reservoir Ave, Cranston RI
    Reservoir Ave Railroad Bridge, Deck Removal, Providence RI
  • Reservoir Ave, Cranston RI
    Reservoir Ave Railroad Bridge Southbound, Providence RI
  • Reservoir Ave, Cranston RI
    Reservoir Ave Railroad Bridge Northbound, Providence RI

The Project

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 is working diligently to rebuild the bridge and construction is ongoing. This fall, RIDOT expects it will have an estimated date for the reopening bridge.

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.

Project Schedule & Cost

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2021
  • Finish Construction: 2022 (Delayed)
  • Total Projected Cost: $13.8 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes


We will apply a protective coating to the bridge piers and caps, form and pour the concrete end posts, and ready the bridge beam seats prior to girder installation, currently scheduled for the end of the month. The bridge remains closed to all traffic with a signed detour in place.

Click here for the latest lane closure information