- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A bridge that is crossed by more than 40,000 vehicles per day in Providence is closing as part of a $5.6 million project to replace the span.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it is closing the Pleasant Valley Parkway Bridge late Monday. The bridge carries Dean Street over the Woonasquatucket River.

The agency says it expects the bridge to reopen by the end of 2016.

RIDOT says changes have been made to streets in the area to help drivers navigate through alternate routes, including widening Promenade Street and making portions of Acorn Street and Promenade Street one-way. Additional restrictions will be placed on traffic on some nearby streets.

The bridge was built in 1973 and is classified as structurally deficient.

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