2013-01-10 / News

Bridge work on North Road nearly finished


Contractors for the state Department of Transportation work on the Great Creek bridge Monday. Damage from Hurricane Sandy caused erosion below the bridge, exposing the span’s foundation. 
PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH Contractors for the state Department of Transportation work on the Great Creek bridge Monday. Damage from Hurricane Sandy caused erosion below the bridge, exposing the span’s foundation. PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH The work being done by the state on North Road near Zeek’s Creek Bait & Tackle is nearly complete, according to Heidi Gudmundson of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

The project is one of 13 that the state has been working on as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy. Gudmundson says that the extent of the damage focuses on the soil bottom beneath Round Swamp Bridge, which has eroded. The erosion exposed the bridge’s foundation.

Town Engineer Mike Gray said that the bridge abutments and the wing walls have experienced erosion. “The contractor is placing stone riprap around the footings of the abutment to minimize scour from the tidal flows through the bridge,” he said.

The contractor working on the project is Lucena Brothers from Woonsocket, and work began just before Christmas. The company was awarded the contract with a bid of just under $50,000. Police details were part of the agreement, and no town money is being spent on the project.

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