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RIDOT Updates Sandy Bottom Work

RIDOT has begun a $36M repaving project along the entire stretch of I-295 from Cumberland to Warwick.
RIDOT will close Sandy Bottom Bridge Tuesday and Sunday.
RIDOT will close Sandy Bottom Bridge Tuesday and Sunday.

COVENTRY – RIDOT has updated its schedule for Sandy Bottom Bridge closures in Coventry due to inclement weather.

The closures will now take place tonight, Tuesday, May 2 and on Sunday, May 7 – Tuesday, May 9.

During the closures, RIDOT will mill the road, pave it, install expansion joints at the bridge and restripe the road. RIDOT is replacing this 90-year-old, structurally deficient bridge which carries 16,000 vehicles per day on Sandy Bottom Road (Route 33) over the Pawtuxet River.

During the closures, from 9:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. each night, a signed detour will be in effect for Sandy Bottom Road motorists as follows: Northbound – Turn west onto Wood Street then north onto South Main Street then east onto Main Street (Route 117); Southbound – Continue west onto Main Street (Route 117) then south onto South Main Street then east onto Wood Street.

By Wednesday morning, May 10, motorists will find the barrier removed, the bridge reopened to full width, with ADA accessible sidewalks on both sides of the bridge and drainage and stormwater components complete. Final project completion is this fall.

All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings and weather.

The Sandy Bottom Bridge Project is made possible by RhodeWorks and the Bipartisan Infrastructure and Improvement Act.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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