Wondering what’s happening on Route 2 at the Route 95 overpass, just north of Division Street in Warwick?
Here’s the answer, from DOT spokeswoman Rose Amoros, via the Providence Journal:
It’s an active construction project to replace the Barton Corner Bridge, which carries Route 95 over Route 2. This $6.4 million contract with D’Ambra Construction is the first in which the state will be replacing the entire structure (both northbound and southbound) within two 14-day periods.
On both sides of the overpass are foundations being used to help build the bridge away from traffic. Once the bridge is built at this offsite location, it will then be moved into place by self-propelled modular transporters. These transporters, capable of lifting objects in excess of 3,500 tons, were used in 2006 to move the I-way Bridge from a port in North Kingstown onto a barge that floated the bridge up Narragansett Bay to its final destination in Providence.
During installation, temporary shifts in traffic patterns as well as road closures will take place on both the highway and along Route 2. The new northbound section of the bridge is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer. Over a two-week period, northbound traffic on Route 95 will be shifted to the southbound side using a median crossover; this will allow the existing lanes to be demolished and supports for the new bridge to be built. The transporters will then move the new bridge into its final location. Once that work is finished, the process will be repeated for the southbound lanes.
Advisories will also be distributed to the media and weekly emails will be sent to people interested in receiving updates on this project. If you would like to be added to the DOT email list, please contact Rose Amoros at [email protected].