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RI bridge projects showing signs of progress

November 25, 2011
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PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Two big bridge replacement projects in Rhode Island are reaching major milestones.

Construction crews recently installed the final steel girder for the new Sakonnet River Bridge, which will carry Route 24 between Portsmouth and Tiverton. The $164 million bridge project was initially expected to be completed in 2013, but officials now say the work could end next year.

Meanwhile, crews have placed the first set of steel arches for the new Pawtucket River Bridge, which will carry Interstate 95 over the Seekonk River in Pawtucket. That $81 million project is expected to be completed in 2013.

The new bridges are designed to ease traffic and eliminate the need for strict weight restrictions that for years have forced commercial trucks to use detours.

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