Friday, February 1, 2013
Span's deterioration worse than anticipated, requiring replacement in 2014.
A temporary fix for Manville Hill Road Bridge on the Cumberland/Lincoln line will take two months longer than expected, opening to most traffic at the end of April. The bridge was closed in December when engineers noted steel and bridge beam deterioration that jeopardized motorists' safety, detouring traffic onto Rte. 99. A detour route was set up using Rte. 99 to cross the Blackstone River. Motorists on the Lincoln side of the bridge follow a detour using Manville Hill Road, Route 126 (Old River Road) and Sayles Hill Road to reach Route 99. Motorists on the Cumberland side follow Manville Hill Road to Route 122 (Mendon Road) to Rte. 99. A detour map has been posted on the department’s website. Bryan Lucier at the DOT said the repair…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Bridge repairs to begin this summer, immediate work will help minimize downtime.
Rte. 99 will get some extra traffic detoured by the closure of Manville Hill Road Bridge on the Cumberland/Lincoln line, effective this afternoon. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it will close the State-owned bridge. The 58-year-old bridge carries Manville Hill Road over the Blackstone River, the Blackstone River Bikeway and the Providence & Worcester Railroad. During a bridge inspection this week, engineers noted steel and bridge beam deterioration significant enough to require the Department to close the bridge. The 233-foot long bridge carries 4,300 vehicles per day. “We regret any inconvenience this closure may cause the two host communities. However, safety is our first priority,” said …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
This morning the traffic lights at the corner of Rte. 99 and Cumberland Hill Road were not working.
Traffic signals at the intersection of Rte. 99 and Mendon Road in Cumberland, just outside the Woonsocket border, are back up after a morning power outage darkened them. The lights were working again as of 3:45 p.m. Drivers were taking caution moving through the intersection this morning at about 10:30 a.m. The Cumberland Police Department reported a power outage was to blame.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
State Police, DEM, DOT responded to scene, cleared by 10:35 a.m.
State Police responded to a construction truck rollover on Rte. 99 this morning that chewed up the road, spilled diesel fuel and blocked traffic for about five hours. State Police Capt. Ernest Quarry said a company truck operated by Cosco rolled on Rte. 99 north at 5:15 a.m. today, due to what he said they suspect was operator error. State Police are still investigating the cause, he said. The Valley Breeze has posted a photo of the scene. There was a lot of equipment on the truck, Quarry said, and the rollover spread it across the road. One piece of equipment, an auger, or construction drill, did some damage when it left the truck. "We suspect the auger chewed up the roadway pretty bad," Quarry said. The truck also spilled diesel fuel …