6 RI bridges at risk of collapse

Alana Cerrone


In a nationwide study of the country's bridges, The Associated Press identified spans that are considered “structurally deficient” and “at risk of collapse” in the event of one component failure.

6 of Rhode Island's bridges fell into that category. They are: the I-95 on-ramp from Atwells Avenue in Providence; the Hussey Memorial Bridge connecting Rte. 1A over Wickford Cove in North Kingstown; the Arnold Mills Bridge, carrying Sneech Pond Road over Abbott Run in Cumberland; the Howard Road Bridge over Abbot Run in Cumberland; the Shippee Bridge, which carries Route 98 over the Nipmuc River in Burrillville; and the Park Avenue Railroad Bridge in Cranston.

The state has been making some major strides in bridge safety – replacing the old Pawtucket River Bridge and the Sakonnet River Bridge. But, over 100 smaller bridge repairs or upgrades are on the horizon, according to State Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis. And as the state's bridges and infrastructure age, the maintenance cost soars. 

Massachusetts' bridges have gotten some help from the state's multibillion-dollar bridge repair program, but still hundreds remain in need of repair. The Associated Press study found that several dozen of those bridges are also at risk of collapse.

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