- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal authorities say the contractor that built the Interstate 195 bridge over the Providence River has agreed to pay $500,000 to resolve allegations that it improperly installed the bridge’s railings.

Prosecutors said Monday the railing installed by the Cardi Corp. in 2007 was materially different from the design specifications required by its state contract, and from federal safety mandates.

The railings are critical in preventing vehicles that crash from veering off the road into the river.

They say the defects came to light in 2013 when a vehicle crashed into the railing, prompting an investigation.

The railing has since been replaced in compliance with design specifications and safety standards.

Warwick-based Cardi said design defects were not its fault, it did work as directed by state transportation officials, and settled to avoid litigation.

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