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RIDOT accelerating Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge construction project

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it is speeding up the replacement process of the Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge.

The bridge carries Dean Street over the Woonasquatucket River in Providence.

By accelerating the project, RIDOT said it will be able to open the busy bridge to commuters and residents months earlier than originally anticipated.

The department will close the bridge to all traffic beginning in the evening on Sunday, Jan. 3. By closing the bridge now, RIDOT said it will be able to reopen it by the end of 2016 as opposed to the summer of 2017.

Officials said it was not feasible to leave one lane of traffic open while the bridge is being replaced because of the limited amount of space for construction.Click here for detour maps. 

According to RIDOT, the following detours will be in place:

Automobile Detours

  • Pleasant Valley Parkway to Dean Street: Turn right on Promenade Street, then turn left to cross the river at Acorn Street. Motorists will then turn left again to using Kinsley Avenue to return to Dean Street.
  • Promenade Street to Dean Street: Proceed straight past the closed bridge and follow the Pleasant Valley Parkway detour as described above, Acorn Street and Kinsley Avenue to return to Dean Street.
  • Dean Street to Pleasant Valley Parkway: Turn right onto Providence Place, then take the next left toward Promenade Street to reverse direction. Turn right for Pleasant Valley Parkway.

 Suggested Truck Detours

  • Pleasant Valley Parkway to Dean Street: Before reaching Promenade Street, turn right on Valley Street. Continue approximately one mile to Delaine Street and turn left. Turn left onto Harris Street, continue on Eagle Street, then turn right to use Kinsley Avenue to return to Dean Street.
  • Promenade Street to Dean Street: Turn right on Pleasant Valley Parkway then turn left on Valley Street and follow the Pleasant Valley Parkway detour as described above, using Delaine Street, Harris Avenue, Eagle Street and Kinsley Avenue to return to Dean Street.
  • Dean Street to Pleasant Valley Parkway: Turn right on Providence Place, then travel past the Bath Street Bridge and turn left to cross the river at Park Street. Turn left again to use Promenade Street to return to Pleasant Valley Parkway.
  • Providence Place Mall (Park Street Exit) to I-95 North/South and Route 6/10: Turn right on Park Street, right on Hayes Street, and right on Francis Street. Turn right again to use the on-ramps to I-95 North/South and Route 6/10.

Pedestrian Detours

  • Pleasant Valley Parkway to Dean Street:  Turn right on Promenade Street, and then turn left to cross the river at Acorn Street. Turn left again to use Kinsley Avenue to return to Dean Street.
  • Dean Street to Pleasant Valley Parkway: Turn left on Kinsley Avenue and then turn right to cross the river at Acorn Street. Turn right again to use Promenade Street to return to Pleasant Valley Parkway.

Bicycle Detours

  • Eastbound – Kinsley Avenue to Providence Place: After passing Eagle Square, turn right on Sims Avenue and then turn left onto Harris Avenue, which merges with Providence Place.
  • Westbound – Promenade Street to Kinsley Avenue: From the Providence Place Mall walk bikes across the river along the sidewalk on the east side of Park Street, then turn right on Providence Place to reach Harris Avenue. Travel along Harris Avenue, and turn right onto Sims Avenue to reach Kinsley Avenue.

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