New traffic pattern in Scituate and Johnston

New traffic pattern in Scituate and Johnston

SCITUATE – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has announced a new traffic pattern effective Monday, Sept. 11, on the Blanchard Sawmill Bridge, carrying approximately 3,000 vehicles per day on Winsor Avenue over the Moswansicut Brook in Scituate and Johnston.

Motorists are currently experiencing a one-way traffic pattern and trucks are being detoured to further protect the structural integrity of the 117-year-old bridge until it can be replaced.

RIDOT instituted the detour and has closed half of the bridge based upon a recent inspection reflecting increased deterioration of the structure. The posted weight limit for the 17-foot stone masonry culvert was also recently reduced from five tons to three tons.

Current schedules call for the bridge replacement project to be underway in fall 2018, and completed by the end of 2018.

More information on the detour route can be found at www.ridot.net/detourmaps .