Northbound Detour Now in Effect

Silver Creek Bridge Replacement

 

Bridge to Remain Partially Open During Construction

After many meetings with the local community, RIDOT developed a way to replace this bridge as quickly as possible and with minimum negative impact on the residents, businesses and commuters in the Bristol area. Utility work has already started at this site and when construction starts right after July 4 of this year, RIDOT will keep at least one lane of the bridge open to traffic throughout the entire construction season thereby eliminating the need to close the bridge entirely.

The Department will keep southbound traffic flowing on the bridge and detour northbound traffic during the times when only a single lane on the bridge will be open. RIDOT also expects to resume the seasonal ferry service to Bristol to help alleviate travel difficulties. RIDOT is offering incentives to the contractor for an earlier completion of the bridge work.

Other options such as building a temporary bridge for the original eight-week closure period and then tearing it down, or using the bike path bridge adjacent to the project, were determined to be too costly, too disruptive to an adjacent business, and would cause delays in project scheduling due to environmental permitting issues.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

CONSTRUCTION PHASES

Note: Two lanes of traffic over the bridge in both directions by September 2020.
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Phase 1: Utility Work

  • Completed in late February 2020
  • Included utility relocation and the permanent relocation of sewer and water lines
  • During this phase, there were temporary lane shifts and splits; traffic continued uninterrupted in both directions over the bridge.

Phase 2: Initial Demolition & Construction

  • March 2, 2020 to June 19, 2020
  • RIDOT closed half the bridge and kept one lane and the sidewalk open.
  • The one lane accommodates southbound traffic only. Northbound traffic is detoured around the work zone. See Detour Map »
  • During this phase, RIDOT is demolishing and rebuilding the closed half of the bridge and relocating utilities to their permanent location.

Phase 3: Pause in Construction

  • June 19, 2020 to July 5, 2020
  • RIDOT will reopen the bridge lanes and sidewalks
  • This will allow uninterrupted travel in both directions.
  • No impact to Bristol Fouth of July Parade route

Phase 4: Final Demolition & Construction

  • July 6, 2020 and August 28, 2020
  • Includes demolition and replacement of the side of the bridge opposite the half replaced in the spring
  • Only one lane of travel will be open; accomodating traffic in one direction only. The opposite direction of traffic will be detoured around the work zone.

Try Transit

Bus Service

RIPTA provides weekday express and daily local buses that commuters can use to avoid traffic delays. Get More Information

Ferry Service

RIDOT in 2019 provided service to Bristol via its Providence to Newport ferry. Service plans for 2020 are still being finalized but summer weekend service to Bristol is expected. Get More Information