The median is a temporary road travelers have seen being built for the past year on I-95, according to RIDOT. Travel lanes on the road will be reduced from four to three for the duration of the bridge replacement work. Both of the old bridges are listed in fair condition, one step from structurally deficient.
The project is budgeted at $25.3 million. It’s one of several Rte. 95 bridges to be replaced, part of $700 million spent in 2019 in the RhodeWorks program to bring Rhode Island’s roads and bridges into a state of good repair.
The Centerville Road bridge carries I-95 over Centerville Road (Route 117) between exits 10 and 11. Toll Gate Road Bridge carries I-95 over Toll Gate Road (Route 115). These two bridges accommodate 174,000 vehicles daily.
Centerville Road Bridge, a two-span bridge, will be worked on first. Traffic during this construction will shift according to which bridge span is being worked on. During construction on the Toll Gate Road Bridge, traffic on Toll Gate Road will be detoured to Centerville Road and Commonwealth Avenue. Either Toll Gate Road or Centerville Road will be open to traffic at all times during construction.
Travelers should follow the detour signs and expect limited ramp closures.
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