BURRILLVILLE – After nearly two years of detours, accidents and a myriad of complaints regarding changes in traffic, the Mohegan Bridge reopened for two-way traffic on Friday, Jan. 27.
The bridge, which carries Route 102 over the Branch River, provides a main route between Burrillville and points both north and south for an estimated 15,200 vehicles per day.
Built in 1966, the steel structure was deemed structurally deficient, and a $10.6 million rehabilitation project by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation was launched in April of 2021.
Traffic, initially reduced to one lane, was shut down entirely on the 226-foot bridge last January after motorists failed to adhere to detour signs.
RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said in early December that the bridge would reopen by the end of the month, but the change was delayed after contractor John Rocchio Corporation did not complete installation of a new concrete deck, according to the state agency.
The Burrillville Police Department announced the reopening Friday morning.
“Please be aware that some work will still be going on today, so still use caution when traveling the area,” noted BPD.
RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin told NRI NOW that the agency plans on paving the bridge and the road on either side of it this spring.
“We also will finish all curbing and guardrail work at the bridge,” St. Martin said. “Drivers should reduce their speed and be aware of rough pavement and bumps at each end of the bridge.”