RIDOT completes bridge inspections, 28 in critical condition
By News Staff
Reporting by Rebecca Turco
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has finished inspecting Rhode Island’s worst bridges, saying that dozens are in critical condition.
Bridge improvements are expected to take some time, part of a long-term plan. 28 bridges were recommended for immediate action, including the Pawtucket Avenue Bridge in East Providence, and the Mineral Spring Avenue Bridge in Pawtucket.
Inspections have also led to minor repairs at more than two dozen structures. The DOT began the inspections back in May after four separate bridge issues had been reported within the first eight weeks of 2015.
"What we’re doing is out of an abundance of caution here. Taking measures to make sure that these critical findings do not turn into safety problems," says Peter Alviti Jr. of the RIDOT.
One out of every five bridges in the state is structurally deficient.
The full list of the 28 bridges that are in "critical condition" are:
- Henderson Bridge – East Providence/Providence
- Mussey Brook Bridge – Lincoln
- Leigh Road Southbound – Cumberland
- Blanchard Saw Mill Bridge – Scituate
- Wolf Spider Bridge – Smithfield
- Hartford Pike Bridge – Scituate
- Victory Highway Bridge – West Greenwich
- Kendrick Avenue Pedestrian Bridge – Woonsocket
- Red Brook Bridge – West Warwick
- Mineral Spring Avenue Bridge – Pawtucket
- Leigh Road Northbound – Cumberland
- Cole Street Railroad Bridge – Pawtucket
- Route 3 (Main Street) Bridge – Hopkinton
- Rockland Bridge – Scituate
- McCormick Quarry Bridge – East Providence
- Mendon Road Bridge – Cumberland
- Clyde Bridge – West Warwick
- Hunts Mills Bridge – East Providence
- Scott Road Northbound Bridge – Cumberland
- Scott Road Southbound Bridge – Cumberland
- Chapman Pond Bridge – Westerly
- Farnum Pike Bridge – North Smithfield
- Pawtucket Avenue Bridge – East Providence
- Oaklawn Avenue Bridge – Cranston
- Manville Bridge – Lincoln/Cumberland
- Oaklawn Avenue Railroad Bridge – Cranston
- Park Avenue Railroad Bridge – Cranston
- Hope Bridge – Lincoln
In just the past few weeks, in addition to the inspection, crews also found two bridges needing emergency attention in Richmond and North Kingstown.
Officials hope legislators approve their long-term funding plan at the star of the session.
"As we focus on rebuilding our infrastructure, our top priority is keeping Rhode Islanders safe," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo in a statement.
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