Mohegan Bridge to close for around 15 months beginning next Friday


BURRILLVILLE – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has announced the date for the anticipated closure of a bridge on Route 102, noting both lanes of the Mohegan Bridge will be closed starting on Friday, Jan. 14.

The bridge, which carries Route 102 over the Branch River in Burrillville has been under construction since spring 2021, with northbound traffic detoured.

“Closing the bridge entirely will allow construction to move ahead efficiently and safely with work on the northbound half of the bridge finishing in late spring/early summer 2022 before work begins on the southbound half of the bridge,” noted a release from RIDOT on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

During the closure, RIDOT will sign a recommended detour for both northbound and southbound traffic using Douglas Turnpike, Victory Highway and East Avenue. A detour map is available at Temporary traffic signals will be put in place along the detour route to assist motorists.

In addition to replacing the bridge, the $10.6 million contract includes resurfacing Route 102 at the bridge and its approaches, including its intersection with Route 7. New guardrail, signing, striping and drainage improvements will also be installed. The bridge carries about 15,200 vehicles per day and the project is expected to be done in spring 2023.

RIDOT noted that all construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.

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