HOPKINTON–Crossing the Wood River at the Hopkinton/Richmond town line just became a whole lot easier. The Woodville Road Bridge has been reopened, Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (Dist. 38 – Hopkinton) announced in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) last week.
The bridge was closed for over 15 months because of the severe flooding in the region during the spring of 2010. The bridge has been completely reconstructed and should decrease travel time between Richmond and Hopkinton. Commuting to the Chariho Regional School complex will be quicker and easier for parents, staff and students who need to cross the river.
“Because it’s considered a state road the state made it a priority that it had to be fixed right away,” said Kennedy.
The total cost of the project was $791,000, according to Charles St. Martin, Chief of Information and Public Relations at RIDOT. He also said that the project, which was undertaken by Cardi Corp., was completed slightly ahead of schedule on June 27 when the original completion date was estimated to be June 30.
Some detour signs are still in place in the Hope Valley area, but they can be disregarded. The rebuilt bridge is open and ready for traffic.
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