EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Crowds gathered on Warren Avenue for a rare sight on Sunday afternoon as construction workers situated a fully-constructed bridge into place where the old East Shore Expressway bridge stood.
The placement of the bridge allowed for people to stand by and watch for either side of the production.
Pawtucket resident Michelle Bessette was one of the many that stopped to watch. “The only way I knew they were moving was because the tires were moving,” she described. “It was a slow process but now it’s going.”
If you had driven by the area on Saturday, you would have noticed there is no bridge there at all.
Another observer, Bill Walsh, commented on how far technology has come to make construction like this possible. “You think years ago, when people had to measure with tapes and chalks and strings,” he added. “This is really a fantastic project.”
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According to the RIDOT, if the bridge had been replaced the traditional way, it would have taken upwards of a year to complete. Instead, the bridge is set to be open to traffic on Tuesday morning, meaning the replacement took only 80 hours. Crews closed off Exit 7 off I-195 East and a section of Warren Avenue on Friday night.
See progress of the East Shore Expressway construction project on RIDOT’s website.
The RIDOT will be repeating the process on September 23 for the McCormick Quarry bridge, which is the bridge Joe Biden was referring to when he famously said that it looked like it was being held up by Lincoln Logs.