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IN-PROGRESS: New Sakonnet River Highway Bridge


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You shouldn't have any trouble getting across the Sakonnet River bridge. There is quite a bit of work under way on the Tiverton approach road, but most of the delay-causing work is being done during the overnight hours. Traffic tends to slow to 45 or so through the roadwork, but it moves pretty consistently throughout the day.

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PROJO Business Digest 4/18/09:


Cardi wins Sakonnet Bridge work

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation Thursday night formally awarded low bidder Cardi Corp. the contract to build a replacement for the 53-year-old Sakonnet River Bridge. Groundbreaking has been set for next Friday at 3 p.m. on the Portsmouth side of the bridge. It carries Routes 24 and 138 and connects Portsmouth and Tiverton. The new $163.7-million steel span, to be built just south of the existing bridge, is expected to be finished by 2012, although the state has offered to pay Cardi more if it finishes early. DOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said Cardi

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"Business Digest

01:00 AM EDT on Friday, May 22, 2009

Sakonnet River Bridge work commences

Construction of the new Sakonnet River Bridge immediately south of the existing bridge has begun and will continue for about two years. A safe-work zone has been established to minimize risk to moving vessels and to prevent recreational boat traffic from entering the zone. It will involve three 250- by 72-foot barges, two 150- by 50-foot barges, multiple tugboats, and a temporary floating trestle system extending from the Portsmouth and Tiverton shorelines to the pier structures on each side of the channel. From the north, the safe-work zone begins at the old railroad bridge and extends 800 feet south of the old Sakonnet River Bridge. The zone will be delineated by white buoys extending from each side of the channel to the shoreline. A channel through the zone is marked with green buoys (15A, 15B and 15C) on the west side and red buoys (16A, 16B and 16C) on the east side. Vessels transiting the zone must stay in the channel and proceed at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake. The workboats will be monitoring VHF channel 11."

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