PAWTUCKET â€” This week, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be working to pave several city streets that were impacted by the truck detour route during the Pawtucket River Bridge replacement project.
The roads scheduled to be paved are Roosevelt Avenue, from East Street to Exchange Street; Exchange Street, from Roosevelt Avenue to High Street; Goff Avenue, from Commerce Avenue to Pine Street; Main Street, from Pine Street to Garden Street; and Garden Street, from Main Street to Cedar Street.
The paving work was scheduled to begin on Friday night, but it is weather-dependent, so there were delays in completion due to the recent rain. According to RIDOT, a two-crew operation is assigned to the project. The work generally takes place between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The paving work will involve overnight lane closures of some city streets and parking bans will be in place. Some water mains will also have to be shut off temporarily while the paving work commences. The goal is to complete the work over the next couple of days, according to a RIDOT spokesperson.
RIDOT reports that there will be no work on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. On the Pawtucket River Bridge itself, work will continue in the median between I-95 north and the C/D road to install concrete barrier. Sidewalk and guardrail installation will continue on the closed section of Taft Street, and construction work will take place beneath the new Water Street Bridge.
According to the RIDOT's community updates, the Main Street on-ramp to I-95 southbound, as well as Taft Street and Pleasant Street, between Division Street and Jenks Way, are closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the project. Detours are in place.
Looking ahead, with traffic now using all three of the new bridge structures on the Pawtucket River Bridge, the remaining interstate work will include continued milling and paving overnight and the construction of new permanent concrete median barrier between I-95 northbound and the connector road.
Additionally, road work will continue on the closed sections of Pleasant Street and Taft Street, which will open later this summer, followed by the re-opening of the George Street on-ramp to I-95 northbound.
All activities are weather-dependent and are subject to change. Additional information is available the RIDOT website: www.dot.ri.gov.