The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to close Dyer Street in Providence at the old I-195 overpass this weekend, April 9-10, 2011. This section of Dyer Street, from Clifford Street to Ship Street, must be closed to allow for safe demolition of the old highway bridge, part of a $6.8 million Iway demolition contract.
RIDOT intends to close the bridge at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, and reopen the road by 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. The current schedule calls for this road to be closed again the following weekend, April 16-17, 2011. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.
The road will be closed to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, and will allow RIDOT to demolish the bridge in a quick and safe manner. The closure is the latest in a series of demolitions scheduled to take place this year in Providence. The Department anticipates the entire highway demolition project to conclude in late summer.
“We understand these closures can be difficult for pedestrians and motorists,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We will work diligently to reopen this road as soon as possible.”
Unlike the recent two-week closure of a segment of Richmond Street – which is scheduled to reopen on Friday, April 8, 2011 – RIDOT is only closing Dyer Street on weekends to avoid disrupting weekday access to and from the busy J. Joseph Garrahy Judicial Complex. This detour also will be simpler than the Richmond Street detour because this portion of Dyer Street is a one-way road heading south.
During this project, RIDOT will demolish more than 3,500 feet of old I-195 and seven bridges. Former Iway contracts demolished an additional 1,500 feet of old highway. Old I-195 was built in the late 1950s and was officially closed in October 2009.
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