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Middle Road Bridge Closes Monday

During its closure, traffic that normally would cross the bridge will be detoured along South County Trail, Division Street and Howland Road.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
If you drive over the bridge that carries Middle Road over Route 4, get ready for a new reality come Monday.

The bridge is closing and will close for about two months as the state Department of Transportation spearheads work as part of a $2.9 million contract with Cardi Corporation to fix key structures in nine Rhode Island cities and towns.

The bridge, originally built in 1969, will undergo deck, joint and sidewalk repairs. 

The bridge should reopen to traffic by the end of the summer.

During its closure, traffic that normally would cross the bridge will be detoured along South County Trail, Division Street and Howland Road.

Signs will be posted and a detour map is available at www.dot.ri.gov/detourmaps.

Town officials said they're ready for the closure and have developed plans to ensure first responders and police have the quickest routes around the bridge closure's affected areas.

Work on the bridge will include some lane closures overnight on Route 4.
stephen k pratt June 23, 2014 at 07:59 AM
South of the bridge??? Try West, and not really sure you know, but there is a Fire Station, West of that bridge, and the EG Police Department is constantly on patrol in this town, and if there not in the area, there are always more than one way to get there.
DMS June 23, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Thank you, Mr. Pratt for your ever so cordial response. I appreciate your knowledge and wisdom. Sorry for the mistake in direction as I see it offended you a bit. Yes, I know the East Greenwich Police are constantly patrolling. Closure of the bridge still can effect timing of response of emergency at busy times. And it is a concern. I'm just curious what the plans are? If they created a plan then the town was concerned as well or there wouldn't be a plan.
Mutato June 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Well, they certainly timed the pothole filling on Howland Road perfectly: TODAY.

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