The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority put out a statement today that when looked at quickly would make one think the bridge traffic problems were going away.
Awesome right? Well not so fast. Just as they did last spring (see below), they claim victory and then drop the bad news.
They declare victory and take a victory lap…
“The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has announced the early completion of the first phase of the deck repair project on the Newport Pell Bridge. This comes weeks before its scheduled completion date. As of Friday morning, the traffic pattern on the Bridge will resume to two lanes in each direction.”
“This project, which began on May 16 and recommenced on September 19, consisted of a partial depth hydro-demolition and replacement of the concrete roadway deck from curb to curb for 1,000 feet of the westbound and eastbound lanes to the east approach of the Bridge (Newport side). The contractor removed the concrete roadway deck down to the rebar and fresh concrete was poured. This work required permanent lane closures, and single travel lanes in each direction, however travel will now resume to two lanes in each direction.”
“The first phase of the deck repair project is complete and permanent lanes closures are no longer in place. However, RITBA will continue ongoing maintenance to other areas of the bridge which will require temporary daily lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. These lane closures are standard with routine maintenance and don’t affect rush hour traffic.”