EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is temporarily closing the Warren Avenue Bridge in order to replace it.
The overpass carries Veterans Memorial Parkway to I-195 West, about 8,700 vehicles cross it every day.
The highway on-ramp was built in 1959 and is in a state of advanced deterioration. Timber supports have been installed along the structure’s piers to maintain traffic loads until the bridge could be replaced.
Crews will replace it using the same accelerated construction techniques that they used to replace the Barton Corner Bridge on 95 in Warwick. This will allow the entire project to be completed in about one month versus a full construction season with conventional construction.
Travel impacts over the closure period include:
- Friday, October 17 – Saturday, November 15: Closure of the Warren Avenue Bridge, which carries traffic from Veterans Memorial Parkway to I-195 West. During this closure, motorists on Veterans Memorial Parkway can use Lyon Avenue, South Broadway or Pawtucket Avenue to detour to other on-ramps for I-195.
- Friday, October 17 – Monday, October 20: Warren Avenue at the bridge, between Purchase Street and 1st Street, will be closed for bridge demolition. At the same time, Exit 5 (Warren Avenue) on I-195 East will be closed. Local detours include using Veterans Memorial Parkway and Lyon Avenue for eastbound traffic and Taunton Avenue and Valley Street for westbound traffic. Interstate traffic should detour using Exit 6 (Broadway).
- Friday, October 31 – Monday, November 3: Warren Avenue at the bridge, between Purchase Street and 1st Street, will be closed for bridge installation. At the same time, Exit 5 (Warren Avenue) on I-195 East will be closed. Local detours include using Veterans Memorial Parkway and Lyon Avenue for eastbound traffic and Taunton Avenue and Valley Street for westbound traffic. Interstate traffic should detour using Exit 6 (Broadway).
- Saturday, November 15: Warren Avenue Bridge scheduled to reopen to traffic. All construction activities and schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.
Similar to the Barton Corner Bridge, the new Warren Avenue Bridge is being built off-site in two sections and placed into position when ready. For safety purposes, the public is discouraged from watching the demolition and bridge installation, which will take place over several hours. Live camera feeds will be available on RIDOT’s website to allow people to watch online.
The public will be informed in advance of any traffic changes that take place in this area; this includes alerts on electronic message boards – as well as updates being posted to the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages. For schedule information, detour maps and a link to a live camera feed to view the bridge moves, visit www.dot.ri.gov/projects.