Central Street Bridge Replacement Project Begins Soon in North Smithfield

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will begin replacement of the structurally deficient Central Street Bridge, which carries local traffic on Route 5/Central Street over Route 146, close to the Massachusetts border in North Smithfield. The work requires a full closure of the bridge, which is expected to begin on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Shortly after the bridge closes on Friday, March 24, RIDOT will conduct an overnight closure of Route 146 to allow for the safe demolition of the old bridge. The closure will affect both directions of Route 146, with traffic detouring on Route 146A.

This closure period will be from 10 p.m. Friday, March 24, with one lane in each direction reopening by 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 25. All lanes are scheduled to be reopened by 9 p.m. on Saturday. Motorists can expect delays during the closure, and the use of alternate routes is recommended. RIDOT chose the overnight period when traffic volumes are low, to minimize impact to travelers.

The Central Street Bridge itself will be closed until late fall. Final completion of the $7.7 million project is expected in spring 2018.

The bridge has been structurally deficient for 18 years, and currently has a 24-ton weight limit. As the bridge will be completely replaced, the new structure will be safe for use by all legal load trucks.

All detour routes cross over the state line into Massachusetts. RIDOT will be coordinating with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and neighboring communities in Massachusetts regarding all closures.

Central Street Detours

During the bridge closure, two detours will be in place, one for trucks and one for cars. Below are turn-by-turn directions for both:

Car Detour Northbound:

Turn right onto Route 146A North; Turn right onto Coppola Street; Turn right onto Providence Street; Return to Central Street

Car Detour Southbound:

Turn right onto Old Great Road; Turn right onto Route 146A North; Return to Central Street

Truck Detour Northbound:

Turn right onto Route 146A North; Turn right onto Route 122 South; Return to Central Street

Truck Detour Southbound:

Follow Central Street northbound; Turn left onto Route 122 North; Turn left onto Route 146A; Return to Central Street

Route 146 Detours

The following detours will be in place for demolition of the bridge, March 24-25:

Northbound:

All traffic must take the Forestdale/Slatersville exit; Bear right onto School Street; Turn left onto Route 146A North; Turn left for on-ramp to return to Route 146 North

Southbound:

All traffic must take Exit 1 in Massachusetts for Route 146A; Bear left for Route 146A South; Take ramp on right to return to Route 146 South

All dates are weather-dependent and subject to change. To sign up for weekly updates on this or other RIDOT projects around the state, contact help@ridot.net. Visit www.dot.ri.gov or follow RIDOTnews on Facebook or Twitter for timely information on construction projects and traffic conditions.