Through this ongoing project, we are replacing or rehabilitating 22 bridges and making safety and congestion improvements on this vital east-west link connecting Warwick and Cranston. Thanks to Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Seth Magaziner, we recently received a $25 million federal grant for a future phase of the project to help boost our efforts to right size Route 37.
Below, please find updates for two contracts currently underway within this project umbrella:
Bridge Group 51A: Pontiac Avenue to Post Road (see photo, above)
Motorists have seen a great deal of activity as we rebuild bridges on both Route 37 East and West, over the Pawtuxet River, over Pontiac Avenue and over Jefferson Boulevard. In addition to the bridge work, we have also been upgrading drainage, highway lighting and traffic signals.
Next week, daytime electrical work along Pontiac Avenue requires alternating lane closures from Sockanosset Cross Road to Route 37 East, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bridge Group 51B: I-295 area (see photo, below)
Through this design-build contract, we are building new bridges over I-295 North and South and making vital safety and connectivity improvements for the Cranston Canyon.
Next week, we are scheduled to demolish the deck at the Route 37 bridge over I-295 North and drive piles at the Route 37 bridge over I-295 South. Noise is anticipated. Overnight alternating lane closures are scheduled Sunday-Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for these operations.