Officials hail completion of Division Street Bridge

Officials hail completion of Division Street Bridge

The restoration of the Division Street Bridge in Pawtucket was completed in the second week of May. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

PAWTUCKET – The downtown area is seeing light at the end of the tunnel in the lengthy reconstruction of local bridges.

The Division Street Bridge, which served as key detour route for trucks when the nearby I-95 Pawtucket River bridge was being rebuilt, is now completed, according to officials.

City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. and the City Council sent a letter to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation last Wednesday thanking the agency for following through on its promise to fix the stone bridge crossing the Seekonk River. Vitali previously asked for numerous assurances from RIDOT that the bridge would be restored following the years-long detour.

The newly completed bridge is once again a beautiful asset along Pawtucket’s riverfront, said Vitali. Both Division Street Bridge and the lighted Pawtucket River Bridge are located within sight of the Apex site, which is targeted for a possible future baseball stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Also within sight is the downtown Main Street bridge, which was also recently completed.

A number of local I-95 overpasses were also reconstructed under the contract for the Pawtucket River Bridge, and the Pine Street Bridge, closed over the weekend for several months of restoration work, is one of the last area spans needing to be replaced.

RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said the Division Street Bridge was completed during the second week of May.

It was done as part of a larger $8.8 million “Pawtucket area bridges” project. Work began in early 2017, and was expected to finish this summer, so it’s done early, he said. The project included some work, such as building a drainage basin for the nearby Pawtucket River Bridge, he said.