Railroad Avenue bridge to close Tuesday

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BURRILLVILLE – Construction on the small bridge by where Railroad Avenue meets Chapel Street will begin on Tuesday, June 26 and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will close the structure for at least four months for replacement.

The bridge, which carries some 200 vehicle over the Clear River every day, is structurally deficient according to RIDOT.

The new bridge will be a single span composite arch structure with granite curb and steel railings. As RIDOT replaces this bridge it will also put in new drainage systems, traffic signage, and erosion controls.

The construction has been timed to coordinate with the Department of Environmental Management’s low-flow period from July 1 to October 31. The total cost for this project is $3.6 million.

Portions of the nearby Harrisville-Pascoag Pedestrian Path will also be closed only while the sewer work is underway.

A press release from Town Hall this week estimated that the bridge will be closed for one year. Residents of Railroad Avenue are still expected to have access to their homes.