SMITHFIELD, RI—The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to remove a lane shift and restore Route 146 North to its original traffic pattern at the Farnum Pike interchange in North Smithfield on Friday, December 11.
The Department rebuilt the northbound Farnum Pike Bridge as part of an ongoing project to replace the two bridges, which have been rated structurally deficient for over 20 years.
“One lane on Route 146 North will be closed at 7 p.m. on Friday, with both lanes restored on the new northbound bridge by 5 a.m. Saturday, December 12,” says the RIDOT travel advisory. “This change also allows RIDOT to reopen the off-ramp to Route 104, which was closed in early July.”
“Construction will resume in spring 2021 for the new southbound bridge,” it continues. “The design-build process allowed the Department to accelerate the project with design and initial construction activities happening at the same time.”
The Farnum Pike Bridge was built in 1958 and carries approximately 40,000 vehicles per day, according to RIDOT. The $13.9 million project to rebuild the two bridges is scheduled to be completed in summer 2022.
The replacement of the Farnum Pike Bridge is made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT’s commitment to modernizing and repairing Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure and promoting economic development.
Updates on changes to the construction project schedule and scope can be found at www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks. Information on temporary lane closures and travel advisories related to the project will be available at www.ridot.net/traveladvisories