WYOMING - After two and a half years of inconvenient detours for motorists traveling between Wyoming and Arcadia, crossing the Wood River just became a whole lot easier. On Friday, July 22, Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-38 Hopkinton), announced that the Bridge Street Bridge will finally be reopened.
According to Kennedy, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) closed the bridge in 2009 after noticing deteriorating conditions. Drivers have been forced to use a one mile detour, using Main Street and Bank Street, since that time.
“I am delighted that the Bridge Street Bridge is open at last,” Kennedy said. “It was a two and a half year bridge and road closure for residents of the area to endure the daily burden of driving the extra mile just to get home. The reopening will save time, fuel, and of course provides the emergency services with faster response times to local residents and their property.”
“It has been an extended journey for many people who have had to rely on detours to access the arcadia section of town,” Kennedy added.
The rebuilding project cost $2.3 million and was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to RIDOT.
Kennedy was notified of the completion of the project in an email for RIDOT Director Michael Lewis. Lewis acknowledged in his email that he appreciated the patience of residents during the extended time that the bridge was closed.
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