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Newport Pell Bridge Deck Repair Project

 

NEWPORT PELL BRIDGE DECK REPAIR PROJECT

 

*NPB Deck Repair Project Lane Closure Update - May 16*

-Lane Closures from Wednesday, May 17th at 9 am through Thursday, May 18th at 5 am may impact Wednesday evening rush hour traffic.

*NPB Deck Repair Project Lane Closure Update - May 15*

-Lane Closures originally scheduled for May 15th have been cancelled due to inclement weather.

*NPB Deck Repair Project Lane Closure Update - May 12*

-For the period from 5/15 to 5/26 there will be work taking place between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm with Lane Closures both East and Westbound. 

-On 5/17 there will be work taking place from 9 am through late evening with Left Lane Closures both East and Westbound. In case of inclement weather, the work scheduled for 5/17 will be moved to 5/18.

 

Project Description

 

The Newport Pell Bridge Deck Replacement Project consists of work performed on the Newport/Pell Bridge within Spans 22E to the East Abutment (from the Newport shoreline out 2000 feet onto the bridge roadway). The work to be performed includes the following as outlined below:

  • Partial depth hydro-demolition and replacement of the concrete roadway deck from curb to curb
  • Full depth demolition and replacement of reinforced concrete joint headers and installation of new joint seals at some piers
  • Installation of UHPC link slabs at some piers
  • Removal of existing steel bearings and replacement with new elastomeric bearings at all piers
  • Repairs to the reinforced concrete safety walks/curbs
  • Steel bridge railing modifications/repairs
  • Concrete repairs to the pre-stressed concrete superstructure, reinforced concrete pier caps and reinforced concrete piers
  • Other miscellaneous repairs/work items

 

 

Traffic Implications

 

  • Overweight Vehicle Restriction: ALL vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight OVER 80,000 pounds will be prohibited from crossing on the Newport Pell Bridge from May 15, 2017- December 22, 2017. 
  • Overwide Vehicle Restriction: ALL vehicles which have a Width EXCEEDING 8'6" will be prohibited from crossing on the Newport Pell Bridge from May 15-June 29, 2017 and September 19-December 22, 2017. 
  • Lane Closures:  Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction on the Newport side of the bridge, both east and west bound 24 hours a day from May 30-June 29, 2017 and September 19-December 22, 2017.  In addition, there will be some daily lane closures, one lane in each direction, from May 15-May 26.  Other lane closures may be instituted throughout the entire duration of the project from May 15-December 22, 2017.  There will be NO Lane Closures on Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend.
  • Traffic: We expect there to be delays at all times throughout the project with heaviest backups during both the morning and evening rush hour. (6:00am - 10:00am and 3:00pm - 6:00pm)

 

Project Location

 

Traffic Pattern

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that are not answered below, please email them to projectinfo@ritba.org

 

TRAFFIC AND CONSTRUCTION

What are the phases of construction?

 

2017

May 15-June 29 and September 19-December 22: Hydrodemolition and pouring of concrete on roadway deck

May 15-December 22: Removal of existing steel bearings and replacement with new elastomeric bearings at all piers and other pier repairs

   

Will there be a consistent time period during the construction when there will be traffic delays? I regularly use the bridge and would like to plan accordingly.

Yes, there are going to be consistent lane closures on the bridge during the deck repair project and we do expect traffic delays and backups. We expect the heaviest traffic delays during commuter hours from 6:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm. There will be lane closures in various locations throughout construction.

However, we will provide “real time” traffic updates for commuters on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and on the RITBA.org website.

 

Will work be completed before summer?

The initial roadway deck repair portion of the project is expected to be completed by June 29, 2017. Roadway deck repair work will resume on September 19,  2017 and continue through December 22,  2017.  The non-roadway construction will begin on May 15, 2017 and continue through the Summer and Fall ending on December 22, 2017.

 

Are there any restrictions for overweight/overwide vehicles during construction?

Yes. Overweight Vehicle Restriction: ALL vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight OVER 80,000 pounds will be prohibited from crossing the Newport Pell Bridge from May 15, 2017- December 22, 2017.  Overwide Vehicle Restriction: ALL vehicles which have a Width EXCEEDING 8"6" will be prohibited from crossing the Newport Pell Bridge from May 15-June 29, 2017 and September 19-December 22, 2017.  

 

How much is the deck replacement going to cost and who is doing the construction?

The approximate cost of construction for the Deck Repair project is $8,127,775.00 . Aetna Bridge Company was awarded the contract on May 4, 2017.

   

Will there be police details on the bridge to ensure safety during the project?

Yes, Rhode Island State Police will be present 24 hours a day during roadway deck repair portions of the project. The police details will be enforcing the overweight and overwide restrictions as well as speed limits in an effort to make the bridge safer for all motorists.

 

ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCY PERSONNEL

If there is an accident on the bridge how will emergency vehicles be able to respond to accidents?

RITBA has consulted with both local and state agencies as part of the construction planning process for the deck replacement project. We have discussed protocols for handling various incidents with our first responders and law enforcement agencies and have plans in place to handle a variety of possible incidents that may arise on the bridge.  Additionally, our maintenance department is trained to modify the lanes in the event an emergency occurs.  If an accident occurs it may be necessary to close the bridge to accommodate emergency personnel.

 

 

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