Reservoir Avenue Railroad Bridge

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

Because this bridge goes over train tracks, we need highly trained Amtrak personnel to be on site when we work. There are not enough of the Amtrak personnel to populate all the projects for which we need them, so Amtrak does its best to work with us. For safety reasons, construction cannot proceed without these workers.

We will continue to coordinate these efforts and plan to have a better idea of when the bridge will reopen within the next few months.

The temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Roger Williams Avenue and Narragansett Avenue have been adjusted and traffic is moving well.

Click here for the latest lane closure information