Traffic on the Stone Arch Bridge that connects both sections of Slatersville has been restricted for several weeks and will continue for the remainder of the year.
Traffic on the Stone Arch Bridge that connects both sections of Slatersville has been restricted for several weeks and will continue for the remainder of the year. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has restricted the use of one lane, due to parapet damage that may compromise the integrity of the bridge if traffic is not limited. Officials from The Town of North Smithfield are working with RIDOT to ensure the safety of travelers as well as planning for future repairs. Once the concept for a new bridge deck and sidewalks is complete, the State will go out to bid on the project. It is anticipated that construction to replace the deck would begin as early as spring of 2014.
Additional features of the bridge enhancement project will be a wider bridge, sidewalks on each side of the bridge with ornamental railings to allow viewing of the falls, as well as ADA compliant walkways that will add to the area. “As we move ahead with planning and consulting with RIDOT, I would ask that those who use the bridge on a daily basis exercise caution and patience as traffic can back up significantly during rush hour times,” stated Paulette Hamilton, Town Administrator. “RIDOT is seeking other ways to reduce traffic flow, by asking travelers to seek alternate routes. They are also considering a timed traffic light to ease constriction of traffic. All these things take time. I do ask that people use other routes if at all possible, to limit the number of cars that back up waiting to go over the bridge.”