The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is informing commuters about continued work on the Orms Street Bridge in Providence in effect from August 28 to September 10. Residents can contact RIDOT Customer Service at email@example.com or call 222-2450 weekdays from 8AM-4:30PM.
The activities outlined below are weather dependent, and are based on the best information available to RIDOT as of August 25, 2011.
Week of August 28
Daytime: Work at the Orms Street/ Douglas Avenue intersection should continue with orange barrels replacing the pre-existing traffic islands. Concrete barrier may be installed restricting traffic to one lane in each direction.
Evening: Work underneath the bridge should start. Motorists on I-95 North and South should expect to see activity during overnight hours, but no lane restrictions are expected. Local traffic and neighbors should not be affected by overnight work this week.
Week of September 4
Daytime: Work should include placement of concrete barrier on the bridge with one lane of traffic in each direction expected by September 10. Subsequent daytime work should primarily occur behind barrier.
Evening: There will be increased activity under the bridge. Motorists on I-95 North and South can expect lane closures during overnight hours. Additionally, the exit ramp From I-95 North to the State Offices (Exit 23) will be closed. Access to Route 146 North from I-95 at Exit 23 will be maintained. State Office traffic should follow a detour using Route 146 North to the Branch Avenue exit, turn right onto Branch Avenue, right onto Charles Street and right to return to Orms Street.
Please check RIDOT's Travel Advisories at www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories for any changes.
Once the barrier is in place on the top of the bridge and all necessary hardware is installed underneath the bridge, demolition of the southern portion of the bridge may begin. During demolition, motorists and neighbors can expect to see activity at any time. Work on top of the bridge should be confined to the southern portion of the Orms Street Bridge behind concrete barrier. Work underneath the bridge will occur mostly at night, restricting lanes during the overnight hours.