WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Several drivers had a flat start to their holiday weekend when their tires deflated on I-95 North near Exit 8A Friday morning.
A total of 18 vehicles were damaged after a metal plate came loose during bridge construction, according to Rhode Island State Police. The plate loosened around 3:55 a.m.
There were no injuries and most of the damaged cars had blown tires, state police said.
#RITrafficAlert – One travel lane has been reopened on I-95 North in E. Greenwich/Warwick, but traffic remains backed up for several miles due to bridge work at Exit 8. Work is expected to continue for at least a few hours. Seek alternate routes.— RI State Police (@RIStatePolice) May 25, 2018
Both lanes of traffic were closed at one point and traffic was rerouted to the breakdown lane. One lane was reopened around 8:20 a.m. when traffic remained backed up to exit 6, according to State Police.
Cars and flatbed trucks, some with what appeared to be multiple flat tires, could be seen along the stretch of highway early in the morning.
According to RIDOT’s Twitter page, crews had the right lane blocked on I-95 North for roadwork Friday morning. Crews were clear from the scene by noon.
Roadwork, Right lane blocked on I-95 NB after Exit 8B (RI-2 North – West Warwick) in Warwick— RIDOT (@RIDOTNews) May 25, 2018
RIDOT said it will be processing claims for any damaged vehicles. To submit a work zone claim, call (401) 222-2492, EXT. 4101 or (401) 734-4817. Claims can also be filed online by clicking here.
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