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RIDOT is completely replacing this 85-year-old bridge 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.
RIDOT will replace the bridge in two phases. The first phase opened a portion of the bridge to two-way traffic in January 2023; RIDOT is currently working on the second phase of the project to complete the 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.
Things are nearing completion at the west side of the Reservoir Avenue Railroad Bridge. The pedestrian safety and guardrail are both in place, and by this weekend, the new sidewalk will be open. Traffic will be shifted slightly next week to reconstruct the east side of the bridge. Thank you to all motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists for your ongoing patience while we continue working on replacing this bridge.
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