Providence bridge to close for two years

Providence, R.I. – State transportation officials say the Union Avenue bridge over Route 10 in Providence is closing for two years starting next week for repairs.

The state Transportation Department says the 52-year-old bridge is structurally deficient and must be replaced.

The cost of the project is $8.1 million.

The bridge connects the city's West End and Silver Lake neighborhoods. Detour signs are being put up to guide motorists and pedestrians, and traffic signals are being upgraded to help deal with additional vehicles.

Because so many pedestrians use the bridge, RIPTA is providing free bus service in the area.