Defunct Sakonnet River Bridge Could Come Down In 2015

Aug 14, 2014

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is gearing up to demolish the old Sakonnet River Bridge. The old, truss bridge was built back in the 1950’s after Hurricane Carol washed away the stone bridge linking Aquidneck Island to Tiverton.

It was replaced in 2012 with a new span that caused a bit of a stir over tolling. 

Removing the defunct bridge requires permitting, said RIDOT’s deputy chief engineer Robert Smith, because it’s going to take explosives to bring it down.

“Companies that do this, this is their thing,” said Smith. “There are professional demolition companies that do this across the country and they’re pretty good at keeping everything under control.”

Smith said all the permitting should be done by the spring of next year, and demolition of the old Sakonnet Bridge could start late 2015 or early 2016.  

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