Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) will move the traffic pattern on Route 24 today.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) will shift travel lanes on Route 24N on Thursday, announced DOT. On Route 24N, from the Sakonnet River Bridge to Exit 5 (Rte. 138/Rte. 77), a split-lane traffic pattern will be removed and travel lanes will be shifted to the right on Thursday. Expect alternating lane closures on Route 24N on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for construction associated with this change. The road shift is part of the construction on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. The bridge's northbound lanes are expected to open later this month.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Sections of the new Sakonnet River Bridge could not open until as late as November 2012.
The new Sakonnet River Bridge will not open by its ambitious May deadline and southbound lanes could even be closed until November due to problems with a "cofferdam," reports The Newport Daily News. The Newport Daily News reports a July opening for the northbound lanes. The southbound lanes could open to traffic much later in the fall. In November, workers at the new Sakonnet River Bridge celebrated a milestone in the $163.7 million project after placing the final steel girder. At the time, the project was 140 days behind schedule. The Department of Transportation (DOT) broke ground on the bridge replacement project in April 2009. The $163.7 million contract with Cardi Corp. for the construction of the new bridge is the largest single …
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Portsmouth residents, how well did the town handle yesterday's snowstorm?
Is your street clear? Are you still buried? Is your mailbox still standing? On Saturday, Portsmouth saw its first major snowstorm of 2012. Several residents took to Facebook and Twitter to complain about plowing. At 3 p.m., we asked, "Has your road been plowed, yet?" Here's what a few residents had to say: Nooo!! Not enough anyway!! The poor Fed Ex guy has been trying to get out of my street for 20 minutes!! — Samantha Papineau Lancaster Once. A long time ago. Where are they? — Christina Rescia As the sun shines, but the deep piles of snow remain, we want to know how you grade the town's response (or state's) to yesterday's major snowstorm. Does the town get an A? B? C? F? Tell us what you think below in the Comments section. Please …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A Department of Transportation (DOT) loader became stuck along the Sakonnet River Wednesday afternoon.
An attempt to prevent flooding along Park Avenue turned into a sticky situation for the Department of Transportation (DOT) Wednesday afternoon. A DOT loader was digging a trench when the vehicle became stuck on the beach, said DOT spokesman Bryan Lucier. "One of the vehicles got stuck in the wet sand," Lucier said. "It was pulled out within an hour. There was no damage to the vehicle." No injuries were reported. The vehicle was removed from the sand around 3:15 p.m. The DOT has been digging trenches in the beach along the Sakonnet River recently to prevent flooding along Park Avenue. DOT workers decided to dig today to prepare for heavy rains predicted for the area Thursday.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
DOT will lower the highway's speed limit to 40 miles per hour this week.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Beginning this week, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is lowering the speed limit on Route 24 in Portsmouth from 50 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour. This speed reduction will be implemented on Route 24 North only, starting one mile north of Exit 2 (Boyds Lane) and extending to the Sakonnet River Bridge. RIDOT is lowering the speed limit to improve safety where vehicles entering Route 24 North from the Hummocks Avenue on-ramp merge with highway traffic. The department recently shifted the travel lanes to the right on Route 24 as part of the Sakonnet River Bridge Replacement Project, leaving less room for traffic to merge than existed in the original lane configuration. Motorists heading onto Route 24 North from …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Cove "Escape" Bridge is closed to all traffic as of Thursday afternoon. The bridge will be closed until late spring.
Updated at 1:55 p.m. Portsmouth's Island Park residents will need to find a new route to work and school as of Thursday afternoon. Despite an earlier notice about the Cove "Escape" Bridge closing Friday morning, Portsmouth Police Chief Lance E. Hebert has confirmed that the bridge is, as of this moment, closed to all traffic. "The bridge is closed as of now," Hebert said. "State police are stopping traffic on one end and Portsmouth on the other." A Portsmouth police officer was seen around 1 p.m. on the bridge advising motorists to find an alternative route. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a press release just before noon Thursday, stating the Cove "Escape" Bridge would close Friday due to significant …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Department of Transportation (DOT) employees were seen Tuesday digging a drainage ditch less than six hours after hearing flooding concerns from residents.
Department of Transportation (DOT) workers were seen digging a drainage trench Tuesday less than six hours after hearing flooding concerns by local residents. Heavy rains overnight Tuesday resulted in Park Avenue flooding, as well as school buses and commuters rerouting their travel morning to avoid the water. Local blogger John McDaid sent an e-mail to DOT, as well as town and school officials, about the flooding. A wide trench appeared late Tuesday morning on the beach along Park Avenue. A DOT employee installing new pedestrian crossing signs said workers dug the trench to prevent water from flooding onto Park Avenue. A second trench might be dug on Wednesday, he said.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Boat traffic under the Sakonnet Bridge is expected to begin again starting on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Friday, September 30, 2011
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will reopen the center channel under the old Sakonnet River Bridge this weekend. RIDOT will move construction barges from the center channel by 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 1. The U.S. Coast Guard expects to have all navigational markers in place by Sunday, Oct. 2, restoring boat traffic under the bridge. RIDOT closed the center channel under the bridge on Sept. 10 due to the presence of numerous barges and cranes that were used to set steel beams for the new Sakonnet River Bridge. The Coast Guard established a temporary channel to allow passage of most vessels during this phase of construction. The setting of steel beams over the center channel was completed …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Mount Hope, Sakonnet River and Pell Bridge are all being inspected this evening following the 5.9 earthquake felt along the East Coast.
Rhode Island engineers and transportation officials are inspecting Portsmouth and Newport's main spans following the 5.9 earthquake that shook up the East Coast Tuesday afternoon. Sakonnet River Bridge Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman Charles St. Martin says the DOT is inspecting all of the state's projects, including the Sakonnet River Bridge. "We are checking all of our projects," St. Martin said. St. Martin said he doesn't expect engineers and inspectors to find problems "given the minor magnitude of the earthquake." "At this minute (4 p.m.), we haven't found anything," he said. "We don't expect any problems." Inspectors checked the Sakonnet River Bridge project, late this afternoon. The Sakonnet River …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Here's a look at local traffic detours next week.
Here's a look at traffic detours for next week, Aug. 13-19. Exit closure Providence: I-95 SB at Exit 21, exit closed for survey work, Sunday and Monday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Weekday Bristol/Portsmouth: Rte. 114 on the Mount Hope Bridge, alternating lane closures for resurfacing operations by the R.I. Turnpike & Bridge Authority, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect delays. Bristol/Portsmouth: Rte. 114 on the Mount Hope Bridge, alternating lane closures for bridge construction by the R.I. Turnpike & Bridge Authority, Wednesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Newport/Jamestown: Rte. 138 EB & WB on the Pell (Newport) Bridge, lane closures are possible for painting and steel repairs by the R.I. Turnpike & Bridge Authority, Monday-…