RIDOT Says Sidewalk Restrictions Needed for East Bay Bike Path Bridges

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

 

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Bridge on East Bay Bike Path

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced the findings of a report analysis of the two wooden-decked bridges on the East Bay Bike Path.

The report found that because of deterioration to the supports for the sidewalks on either side of both bridges, RIDOT must close the sidewalks on both bridges effective immediately.

The closures do not affect the use of the bridges for cyclists for bike path.

Closing the Sidewalks

RIDOT will put barrels and signage indicating that the sidewalks on the bridge are closed.

After the sidewalk closures, RIDOT will fanalyze the bridges to determine the feasibility of making repairs and to determine an expected timetable for the duration of the closures.

The bridges were last rehabilitated as part of the second contract to build the East Bay Bike Path, a segment from County Road in Barrington to Franklin Street in Warren, in 1990.

 

Related Slideshow: RI’s Most Dangerous Bridges

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association recently released a list of the most traveled, deficient bridges in each state. In Rhode Island, those bridges were: 

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10.

US-6 eastbound and westbound over US-6A/Hartford Avenue.

52,678 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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9.

RI-146/Ed Dowl Highway over RI-246/Charles Street.

72,800 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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RI-146/Ed Dowl Highway over RI-15/Mineral Spring Avenue.

72,800 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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7.

I-195 westbound over the Seekonk River. 

76,700 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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6.

I-95 northbound and southbound over RI-2/Quaker Lane.

77,800 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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5.

I-95 northbound and southbound over Wellington Avenue.

147,984 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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4.

I-95 northbound and southbound over Jefferson Boulevard.

156,400 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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3.

I-95 northbound and southbound over Amtrak.

159,200 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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2.

Broad Street over I-95 northbound and southbound and the P&W Railroad.

179,600 daily crossings

The bridge is structurally deficient

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Interstate 95 northbound and southbound over US-1 (Elmwood Avenue).

186,500 daily crossing

The bridge is structurally deficient

 
 

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