2017-06-15 / News

Work now underway on eastbound lanes of Pell Bridge

Workers switched Tuesday to the eastbound lanes of the Newport Pell Bridge after completing the first phase to repair the 2-mile bridge deck.

According to spokeswoman Bianca Micheletti, contractors for the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority successfully have poured fresh concrete into the westbound lanes on the Newport side of the span. With the surface now hardened, workers will begin hydrodemolition on the opposite lanes to remove the concrete down to the rebar. During this construction switchover, the westbound lanes are open for travel on the new deck, which has passed official strength and density testing, authority officials said.

The switchover, Micheletti said, will require a change in the traffic pattern. Single-travel lanes in each direction still will be required, but traffic cones and markers will be repositioned to guide motorists through the construction zone.

“Outside of the weekday morning and evening rush hours, we have seen the traffic flow as usual,” said Buddy Croft, director of the bridge authority. “People should continue to visit and enjoy Aquidneck Island with its many fine restaurants and hotels, retail shops and top-notch tourist attractions.”

This phase of the project with 24/7 single-travel lanes in each direction is scheduled through June 29. From July through mid-September, there will be no permanent lane closures because work will be done beneath the bridge via barge. Permanent closures will resume Sept. 19.

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