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Sagging Arch Pauses RI Bridge Work

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has paused construction on a rebuild of a bridge over Route 4 in East Greenwich.

The issue, though, is with the temporary bridge, which has started to sag under one arch.

“We have temporarily pressed the pause button to take a closer look at an issue,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti told NBC 10 News. “Before we put additional live loads on it, we want to have a number of questions answered and maybe a correction put in place.”

The metal arches in question were reportedly erected last spring and the temporary bridge was supposed to open to traffic this fall.

That, however, has been put to a stop until officials can inspect the structure.

The goal of the inspection would be to determine “whether or not this deflection we see and have measured is within an acceptable limit and, if not, what the remedies are,” Alviti said.

One fix would be to remove the filling, let the arch rebound to its original shape and then refill it. Regardless, though, the delay is expected to be about four weeks and the design-build team and contractor would be responsible for any changes.

Alviti went on record to say it therefore wouldn’t impact time or budget, as the project is expected to be complete in 2022.

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Last year, RIDOT announced that it would be investing over $700 million in construction projects for the year’s construction season. Plans at the time included work on 77 active projects, primarily on structurally deficient bridges.

Among the work to be carried out was $22.6 million project involving the I-295 bridges over Plainfield Pike on the Johnston/Cranston line. Three out of four of these bridges, built between 1968 and 1969 and carrying 82,000 cars daily, were structurally deficient. Otherwise, the 77 projects will include bridge repair, replacement and preservation on 177 bridges total.

RIDOT noted at the time that the work being carried out was being done thanks to RIDOT’s RhodeWorks program. According to RhodeWorks, the state ranks last in the U.S. for overall bridge condition. (Roughly 22% of the 1,162 bridges in the state are structurally deficient.) Rhode Island also does not charge user fees for commercial trucks, while much of the damage done to the state’s roads are a result of them.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Rehabilitation/Repair

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