All lanes on Providence Viaduct Bridge back open

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a month of confusion and fender benders on I-95 South in Providence, all lanes on the Viaduct Bridge are back open.

The bridge project is more than three-and-a-half years in the making – and there is still work to be done on the northbound side.

Recent lane shifts southbound became a confusing headache for driving, causing several accidents and backing up traffic for miles.

The project to replace the 52 year-old bridge began in June 2013. As time passed, the multi-million dollar project became over budget and behind schedule.

"The heavy lifting is done,” explained Peter Alviti, director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. “Completing the new bridge and getting all of the traffic on the new bridge is done."

But, there is still more heavy lifting in the years to come. RIDOT is expected to start bridge work on the northbound side before summer of 2018. There is still planning to be done in the meantime. That phase of the project is expected to take two to three years.

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