Pound Hill Road closed for bridge work next week

Pound Hill Road closed for bridge work next week

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A portion of Pound Hill Road between Gilfillan Road and Phoenix Rising Horse Farm will be closed next week as contractors repair a deteriorated culvert over Cherry Brook.

According to a notice from Cardi Construction Industries, the road will close on Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 a.m. and remain closed until Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. During this time, traffic will be detoured via Route 146 and Great Road, with detour signs going into place this week. Residents on either side of the closed bridge will be able to access their homes.

According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, about 3,000 vehicles drive over the bridge every day. The work involves replacing a large section of metal culvert that has severely eroded underneath the road. During the closure, crews will divert the stream, remove the old section and replace it with a new section of culvert. The project is expected to be complete within a week.

The work is part of a $7.1 million state contract to repair six bridges in North Smithfield and one in Providence known as “Bridge Group 13A.” Other bridges in the project include the Route 146 bridge over Old Great Road repaired this past spring and the Route 146 bridge over the Branch River just before the northbound exit for Forestdale and Slatersville. The work, part of the agency’s RhodeWorks initiative to bring the state’s bridges up to standard, is expected to wrap up in spring 2020.

The project is separate from the ongoing work to repair the Route 146 bridge over Pound Hill Road less than a mile west of the scheduled closure. That project, part of the same contract that saw Woonsocket Hill Road Bridge replaced last year, includes rehabilitating the concrete arch and replacing the bridge railings. The project is expected to finish up this fall, according to RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin.