RITBA undertook an immediate and thorough inspection of the Sakonnet River Bridge following Monday’s incident.  The Authority is happy to report that the bridge is safe and sustained no structural damage.  The inspection did find some minor cosmetic issues which will be repaired.

The cost of the cosmetic repairs will be less than $50,000 and the Authority will recoup the cost of the repairs from the contractors and their insurance companies.  The full Emergency Inspection Report for the Sakonnet River Bridge conducted on Monday, August 29th, 2016, is attached to this release.

Because of Monday’s incident, RITBA suspended the use of all UBI vehicles temporarily.  The Authority will resume use of the vehicles for the completion of its annual bridge inspections and other ongoing work on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.

RITBA will provide further updates and information as it becomes available.