2006-03-23 / Front Page

First bridge blasting scheduled for April 11

The DOT says blasting to take down the old Jamestown Bridge will begin next month. Photo by Jeff McDonough The DOT says blasting to take down the old Jamestown Bridge will begin next month. Photo by Jeff McDonough Last night, the state Department of Transportation was expected to announce the biggest kaboom of the year will come not on the Fourth of July, but on Tuesday, April 11, when the center span of the old Jamestown Bridge is scheduled to be blown into the West Passage.

On that day, the DOT will close the new Jamestown Bridge to all traffic between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and motorists will be asked to seek alternative routes to all their westbound destinations. The demolition will be broadcast live on Cox Cable channel 124 and will be Web cast on www.dot.state.ri.us.

According to the DOT, there will be no safe viewing areas set up for the demolition, but they recommended the Bay Campus of the University of Rhode Island, which has a clear line of sight to the bridge. If there are adverse weather or safety concerns, the demolition may be rescheduled.

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