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Portion of Rt. 146 Closed for Bridge Reconstruction

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) reminds drivers that parts of Rt. 146 in North Smithfield will be closed during the replacement the Rt. 5/Central St. bridge. 

On Friday, March 24 at 10 p.m. through midnight on Saturday, March 25, RIDOT must close portions of Rt. 146 to allow for the safe demolition of the old bridge which passes over the highway. At times, the closure will affect both directions of Rt. 146, with traffic detouring on Rt. 146A.

The specifics on the closures and reopening of portions of Rt. 146 North and South are:

• March 24 at 10 p.m.: Rt. 146 North and South closed between the Forestdale/Slatersville exit, North Smithfield and Exit 1, Uxbridge.

• March 25 at 8 a.m.: The right lane reopens on Rt. 146 South

• March 25 at 4 p.m.: All lanes open on Rt. 146 South

• March 25 at midnight: All lanes open on Rt. 146 North

Motorists can expect delays during the closure periods, and the use of alternate routes is recommended. RIDOT chose to do this work on a weekend when traffic volumes are reduced, to minimize impact to travelers.

The Central Street Bridge itself will be closed until late fall. Final completion of the $7.7 million project is expected in spring 2018.

The bridge has been structurally deficient for 18 years, and currently has a 24-ton weight limit. As the bridge will be completely replaced, the new structure will be safe for use by all legal load trucks.

All detour routes cross over the state line into Massachusetts. RIDOT is coordinating with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and neighboring communities in Massachusetts regarding all closures. 

Rt. 146 Detours, March 24-25

Northbound:

• All traffic must take the Forestdale/Slatersville exit

• Bear right onto School Street

• Turn left onto Rt. 146A North

• Turn left for on-ramp to return to Rt. 146 North

Southbound:

• All traffic must take Exit 1 in Massachusetts for Rt. 146A

• Bear left for Rt. 146A South

• Take ramp on right to return to Rt. 146 South

All dates are weather-dependent and subject to change. To sign up for weekly updates on this or other RIDOT projects around the state, contact help@ridot.net. Visit www.dot.ri.gov or follow RIDOTnews on Facebook or Twitter for timely information on construction projects and traffic conditions.




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