Deck work on Newport Pell Bridge will impact traffic
JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) —
The work will mean lane restrictions that will begin May 15 and continue through June, excluding Memorial Day Weekend.
RITBA officials told NBC 10 News that there will be no lane closures during the months of July and August, but that the lane closures will return September 22 and last until December.
The project will cost more than $8 million and will require crews to first remove then pour new concrete on the bridge, along with other major repairs.
“I can't stress enough the structure is safe,” said RITBA Executive Director Buddy Croft. “However, the bridge was built in 1969 and it’s time for the road surface to be repaired.”
RITBA Director of Engineering Eric Offenberg told said motorists should expect 15-minute delays.
“Maybe in in worst case scenario you might get up to 20 minute delays,” Offenberg said.
Offenberg also noted that while those lane restrictions are in place vehicles wider than 8 feet 6 inches will not be allowed on the bridge, and that vehicles weighing more 80,000 pounds will not be allowed on the bridge from May15 until December.
Rhode Island State Police will enforce these changes and will be on paid details funded by the Turnpike Authority.
RITBA officials ask frequent travelers of the bridge to have patience and realize that this construction is helping preserve this vital Rhode Island road.
“If you talk to anybody in the public that drives over this bridge, they'll say we've been working on the deck of 20-years. We have which has given us an extra 20-years of life,” said Offenberg.
NBC 10's Matt Reed is tweeting from the RITBA: