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RIDOT to close ‘structurally deficient’ bridge in Providence

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, March 14, 2018, that it will close the Bath Street East Bridge in Providence by the end of the day because it is “structurally deficient.” (WJAR)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it will close the Bath Street East Bridge in Providence by the end of the day because it is “structurally deficient.”

“The findings of a bridge inspection done earlier today found deterioration to such a degree that the bridge must be immediately closed to all traffic,” RIDOT noted in a press release, adding that the bridge “spans the Woonasquatucket River and carries two-way traffic between Kinsley Avenue/Providence Place and Promenade Street.”

Due to the closure, RIDOT said traffic will be detoured to the Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge or the Park Street Bridge.

“RIDOT included the rehabilitation of the bridge in its 10-year plan and intends to accelerate the work, starting in 2019,” according to the release.

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