What’s Going on Here? RIDOT is replacing three bridges over the Pawcatuck River in Carolina

What’s Going on Here? RIDOT is replacing three bridges over the Pawcatuck River in Carolina

The Westerly Sun


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is replacing a series of three bridges spanning the Pawcatuck River on Route 112 near Butter Lane in Carolina. The project will cost $9.4 million.

Crews will begin work on the bridges’ superstructure on Oct. 16, necessitating the closure of one lane of the two-lane road. A temporary signal has been installed to regulate traffic as it is reduced to a single lane. The new traffic light began operating on Oct. 16.

“They’re going to work on half the bridge at a time,” said RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin. “They’ll close the West side first, which is the same side as Butter Lane and the Carolina Mill Lane. They’ll reconstruct the bridges and then shift traffic to the new half of the bridge and then do the easterly, or the right side of the bridge.”

St. Martin noted that the new traffic light can detect volumes of cars, so wait times will vary.

“When traffic is very light, such as overnight, people do not have to wait a long time for the light to change,” he said.

Work on the three connected bridges, which were built in 1947, began in the Spring and is not expected to be completed until 2021. The work schedule has been prolonged because the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management prohibits work in the river from July 1 to Oct. 31.

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