NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced this week that pre-construction activities to replace the 89-year-old Union Village Railroad Bridge have begun.

The $5.2 million project will replace the bridge, which carries some carries 17,400 vehicles a day on Great Road over the Providence & Worcester Railroad between Lapre Road and Meadowbrook Drive.

Pre-construction activities such as tree trimming and utility work that started this week could result in daytime lane closures.

According to RIDOT, bridge demolition is expected to begin in the near future pending the finalization of permits with the freight rail operator and weather.

Further traffic pattern changes will be announced in advance, RIDOT officials said.

The first phase of the project will involve demolishing and replacing the west side of the bridge, then shifting traffic onto the newly built portion so to demolish and replace the east side of the bridge.

RIDOT expects to complete the project in late 2022 or early 2023.

The structurally deficient Union Village Railroad Bridge is a popular route to and from Woonsocket.

Updates on changes to the construction project schedule and scope can be found at and information on temporary lane closures and travel advisories related to the project will be available at

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