Weather delays boat restrictions under bridge

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) began the process of removing the old Sakonnet River Bridge on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.The old Sakonnet River Bridge is seen here from the new bike path.
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) will delay channel restrictions under the old Sakonnet River Bridge, according to a press release shared by Portsmouth police. 

Due to recent weather events, the temporary closures of the channel on the Sakonnet River where it passes underneath the old Sakonnet River Bridge in Tiverton and Portsmouth will be delayed. The restrictions will now begin on Monday, Dec. 4, lasting approximately one month.

After Dec. 4, vessels will be unable to enter or pass through the channel while bridge demolition activities are underway from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. With later boating restrictions, RIDOT hopes to minimize the impact on the recreational boating community.

RIDOT will reopen the channel to marine traffic each day at 6 p.m. Additionally, the channel will be open all day on Sundays.

During this first phase of demolition, RIDOT will remove approximately 6.2 million pounds of steel and 2,700 cubic yards of concrete across 17 spans between the bridge’s piers. The project is on time and on budget with final completion scheduled for summer 2018.

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