EAST PROVIDENCE — The Ten Mile River Bridges in East Providence reopened to traffic Friday, a year ahead of schedule.
Originally scheduled to reopen in late 2013, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) was able to work with the contractor to reduce the closure to less than one year, RIDOT officials said yesterday.
The bridges, which carry North Broadway over the Ten Mile River and another small stream, were closed late last year because of deterioration found during a scheduled inspection. Through a $2.8 million contract with D'Ambra Construction of Warwick, RIDOT completely replaced the superstructures on both bridges.
"We're pleased to open these bridges early for the residents and businesses that use North Broadway on a daily basis," said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. "We appreciate the patience of the community and the efforts of D'Ambra Construction to accelerate this important work."
Built in the early 1960s, the old bridges were rated structurally deficient, and RIDOT was in the process of awarding a replacement contract when they were closed in December 2011. Based on the early closure and conversations with the community, the department approached D'Ambra and asked for proposals to reduce the closure time. By negotiating an access agreement with the owners of the nearby Agawam Hunt Club and working on both bridges simultaneously, the project was completed in just one construction season.
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