The estimated US$150 million project involves the replacement of bridges as well as repaving and works to address safety and congestion issues along the corridor. Two bridges will be replaced and preservation work will be carried out on four others.

“This is a critical transportation route that has gone unimproved for far too long," said Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) director Peter Alviti, Jr.

RIDOT anticipates advertising the construction contracts in late 2021, with work on site starting in spring 2022. Construction is due to be completed in 2025.