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ROUTE 116 OVERNIGHT LANE CLOSURES NEEDED
FOR BRIDGE DEMOLITION IN LINCOLN
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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will temporarily close a portion of Route 116 (George Washington Highway) at the Route 146 interchange in Lincoln during evening and overnight hours for five consecutive nights beginning Sunday, December 8.
 
The closure allows RIDOT to demolish the northbound portion of the Louisquisset Pike Bridge, which carries Route 146 over Route 116. The structurally deficient bridge is being replaced as part of a $14.5 million project.
 
The closures will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day. RIDOT chose the closure times when traffic is lightest on Route 116.
 
Route 116 North traffic will follow a detour using Route 246 South to Wilbur Road to Great Road to get back to Route 116. Trucks following this detour will need to stay on Route 246 and use the Route 146 North on-ramp at Breakneck Hill Road (Route 123). Those traveling south on Route 116 will be directed to use the Route 146 North on-ramp, reverse direction at the nearby I-295 interchange, and then follow Route 146 South to the Route 116 South exit. A detour map is available at www.ridot.net/detourmaps.
 
Traffic on Route 146 North is currently shifted to the right at this interchange. No further highway closures or shifts will be needed for this demolition work.
 
For the first night of demolition work on Sunday, closures will begin earlier with Route 116 South closed starting at 5 p.m. and Route 116 North reduced to one lane of travel. Route 116 at the bridge will be closed entirely from the 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. timeframe.
 
Another series of overnight closures will take place in Summer 2020 when work shifts to the southbound bridge. Final completion is expected by the end of 2021.
 
The bridge carries approximately 47,000 vehicles per day.

?All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.

The replacement of the Louisquisset Pike Bridge project was made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT’s ongoing commitment to repair structurally deficient bridges and bring Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair, promote economic development, and create jobs. Learn more at www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks
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For Immediate Release
December 3, 2019

?Charles St. Martin
(O): 401-563-4007
(C): 401-641-8934
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Department of Transportation, Two Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02903 | www.ridot.net
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