By Associated Press - Saturday, July 4, 2020

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island transportation officials are warning the public of lane changes and road closures as part of a bridge replacement project in North Smithfield.

The state Department of Transportation starting Friday, July 10, will install a lane split on Route 146 North and close Route 104 on weekends as part of a $14 million project to replace the structurally deficient Farnum Pike Bridge.

Travel lanes on Route 146 will be shifted and narrowed with one lane open on each side of the split, the agency said in a statement.

In order to accommodate the first phase of bridge demolition, Route 104 at the bridge will be detoured from 3 a.m. on July 11 to 6 a.m. on July 12.

The new lane split also requires the temporary closure of Exit 11 on Route 146 until November.

The lane split will be in place until this fall, when a similar lane shift and lane split will be needed on Route 146 South.

The Farnum Pike Bridge was built in 1958 and carries approximately 40,000 vehicles per day. It has been rated structurally deficient for more than 20 years.

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