Cottrell Bridge reopens in Westerly

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Image via Westerly Police Department Facebook.

WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) — The Cottrell Bridge reopened Monday in Westerly.

The bridge connecting Route 78 and Route 1 was closed down since July. Construction began on July 5.

“This is another example of RIDOT meeting the needs of the community, employing innovative bridge construction methods to replace this bridge as quickly as possible and provide a safe, modern bridge that will serve Westerly for decades to come,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, Jr. said.

Drivers will no longer have to use the detour on Route 91. With the reopening, the 8-ton weight limit has also been removed.

“The residents of the town of Westerly certainly now recognize Route 91 as a major artery and thoroughfare linking so many parts of our community,” Town Manager Shawn Lacey said.

The Cottrell Bridge carries about 4,300 vehicles per day.

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