2015-10-15 / Front Page

Work begins on bridge; expect delays

Commuters traversing the Jamestown Bridge should expect delays over the next six weeks as workers begin repairing the span’s infrastructure.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority was expected to begin work on Tuesday, but plans were delayed by rain. Construction commenced on Wednesday.

According to the bridge authority, there will be routine lane closures on both sides until Nov. 24, the target date to complete work. Traveling eastbound, there will periodic closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the westbound side, closures should be expected between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The biggest disruption will take place from Monday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 25, when the inside lane traveling east into Jamestown will be permanently closed.

The repairs are the result of findings within this year’s biennial bridge inspection. The construction work will include replacing draining troughs and steel hatches on the bridge deck, and repairing expansion joints and damaged guardrails. There will also be concrete repairs to the center lane.

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