East Providence, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is building on its recent successful installation of the Barton Corner Bridge on I-95 in Warwick by replacing a highway on-ramp in East Providence using accelerated techniques. Construction on the Warren Avenue Bridge, which carries Veterans Memorial Parkway to I-195 West, begins on October 17, 2014.
Through a $2.9 million contract, Aetna Bridge Company of Warwick has begun assembling portions of the bridge deck along Warren Avenue. At the same time, precast sections of the bridge's foundation are being fabricated at a separate facility. This will allow the entire project to be completed in approximately one month versus a full construction season with conventional construction.
To complete this work, the bridge is scheduled to be closed from October 17 to November 15. During this time, there will also be two weekend closures of Exit 5 on I-195 East. Warren Avenue at the bridge will also be closed during demolition of the old ramp and installation of the new one.
Similar to the Barton Corner Bridge, the new Warren Avenue Bridge is being built off-site in two sections and placed into position when ready. For safety purposes, the public is discouraged from watching the demolition and bridge installation, which will take place over several hours. Live camera feeds will be available on RIDOT's website to allow people to watch online.
For schedule information, detour maps and a link to a live camera feed to view the bridge moves, visit www.dot.ri.gov/projects.
Built in 1959, the Warren Avenue Bridge is in a state of advanced deterioration. Timber supports have been installed along the structure's piers to maintain traffic loads until the bridge could be replaced. Approximately 8,700 vehicles cross this bridge daily.