RIDOT: Manville Bridge reopening at end of June

RIDOT: Manville Bridge reopening at end of June

The new span of the Manville Bridge, which is set to reopen to traffic later this month.

LINCOLN – After more than a year of being closed to traffic and pedestrians, the Manville Bridge is set to reopen at the end of the month, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

The 66-year-old bridge, which connects Lincoln to Cumberland and carries Manville Hill Road over the Blackstone River, shut down in early May of last year. Motorists have since been diverted via the Route 99 bridge to cross the river.

Though there is not a specific date set for reopening, RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin told The Breeze that it’s expected to reopen toward the end of June, with construction expected to wrap up completely by the fall.

When open, the Manville Bridge carries approximately 8,000 vehicles on a daily basis. It serves as a critical connection point to get customers to local businesses.

RIDOT determined that the bridge was structurally deficient and closed the bridge to begin an $11 million RhodeWorks rehabilitation project. Construction included repairing the bridge piers and replacing its deteriorated deck and supporting steel beams. Most recently, crews worked to reset granite curbing, with sidewalk replacements scheduled to begin this week.