Route 102 northbound to shut down beginning in April for historic bridge repair


BURRILLVILLE – A major throughway between Burrillville and points north in North Smithfield and beyond will shut down in mid-April for repairs to a historic bridge.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will begin the project to reinforce Mohegan Bridge, a steel structure built in 1966, which carries Route 102 over the Branch River.

The $10,400,000 project will replace the structurally deficient bridge on Bronco Highway as part of RIDOT’s capital program.

As a result, the northbound lane of the highway will be shut down beginning Friday, April 23. Bridge repair is expected to continue through December of 2022, moving to the southbound lane at some point later in the project.

In a communication to residents this week, Burrillville police noted that while the lane is closed, Route 102 northbound will only be accessible for motorists who live on the road, who need to access the businesses at Broncos Crossing, or those who need to get to the Burrillville Middle School.

Two detour points for those traveling northbound will be established at East Avenue and the Glendale Bypass. Those who need to travel Route 102 to get to North Smithfield and further you will have to detour at East Avenue and travel Victory Highway to Route 7.

“You will not be permitted to travel northbound past the Burrillville Middle School,” the department noted.

Southbound travel will not be affected until later in the project.

Located just before Western Hill Auto for those traveling north, the 226-foot bridge will see extensive work, with repairs to continue over two construction seasons.

Editor’s note: The above article has been updated with the latest cost estimate for the project.

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  1. Maybe if this TAXED to DEATH State would have PROPERLY maintained a “NEW BRIDGE” that was built in 1966 it would NOT have to be replaced ! I remember when that bridge was built ! A PROPERLY maintained structure should last more than 55 years !


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