WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Detours will soon be in place as construction crews prepare to replace a popular bridge in Warwick – but a new installation technique will keep them from being in place long.
The Barton’s Corner Bridge carries I-95 over Route 2 at the Warwick-West Warwick line. Approximately 72,000 vehicles drive across the bridge every day, and the high volume of traffic has taken its toll.
The bridge’s replacement is already taking shape, but it’s not yet in its permanent location. It’s actually being built nearby and will be moved into place upon completion – marking the first time that technique is being utilized in Rhode Island.
“We’re building a brand new bridge in two halves on land along Route 2, right adjacent to the highway,” explained RIDOT’s Rose Amoros. “Beginning next week, we’re going to be starting to do the work to bring those two structures into place along 95.”
There will unfortunately be detours and delays over the next 11 days, but RIDOT said this construction technique will end up saving drivers a lot of traffic headaches.
“We are significantly minimizing the disruption of their daily activities throughout this corridor,” Amoros added. “Basically what it allows us to do is complete a bridge move in one construction season, that under conventional construction methods would have taken at least two seasons.”
RIDOT plans to use the accelerated bridge construction technique to replace the Warren Avenue Bridge in East Providence.