SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Silver Lake Avenue Bridge is now open for traffic. The town public services department completed the reconstruction project on Nov. 19.
Public Services Director Jon Shock said although the bridge is open there are still minor repairs to be finished. However, concrete structural repairs were made, along with repainting the steel rims and adding anti-scouring for the Saugatucket River, which has a high velocity. The project was completed on time.
The project cost $467,000 with $150,000 coming from federal stimulus money from the state. The project cost the town less than what was initially budgeted for the bridge. The town saved $133,000 because it received a competitive bid. The project was first budgeted at $600,000.