The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently announced the start of bridge rehabilitation work for the Wood River Valley Bridge on I-95 in the southern part of the state.
The large structure carries I-95 over Mechanic Street and the Wood River between Hopkinton and Richmond. The $16.8 million project is one of a dozen design-build projects underway this year and next. For this project, RIDOT contracted with a design-building team earlier this year to complete all steps necessary prior to breaking ground.
The initial construction activities begin the week of Nov. 26 and will involve a shift to the right for both northbound and southbound travel on I-95. Lanes will be narrowed and shoulders will be closed.
Throughout the duration of the project, traffic on Mechanic Street under the bridge will be reduced to a single-lane alternating traffic pattern, controlled by a temporary traffic signal.
During the project, RIDOT will replace portions of the superstructure of the 270-ft-long bridge and perform concrete repairs. The bridge was built in 1953 and carries about 50,000 vehicles per day. The project should wrap up in Fall 2019.