- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Infrastructure repairs have begun on a Rhode Island bridge and are expected to take weeks to complete.

The extensive upgrades began Tuesday on the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority says work on the bridge is expected to take about six weeks. Repairs include parts of the concrete deck, damaged guardrails and expansion joints. Crews are also supposed to replace steel hatches and drainage troughs.

Officials say eastbound lanes will periodically close between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and westbound lanes will periodically close between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The inside high-speed eastbound lane will be closed for a week, beginning on Oct. 19. It’s scheduled to reopen on Oct. 25.

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