Bridge construction moving along ahead of schedule

Providence, R.I. – A state transportation official says construction of a Sakonnet River Bridge is a month ahead of schedule.

Lawrence K. Bailey, the Department of Transportation engineer in charge of the project, says construction is about 40 percent complete and work is moving along without snags.

The general contractor is a month ahead of schedule. If it continues with the pace, it can collect some of the $10,000-a-day incentive for early completion that is part of the $163.7-million contract.

Traffic on the new bridge could begin before the contract date of May 11, 2012.

The state is building the bridge because the adjacent arch bridge that connects Aquidneck Island with Tiverton and southeastern Massachusetts is rusted and is barred to vehicles with more than two axles.