By CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, RI – Deterioration has forced the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to close the Ten Mile River bridges in East Providence. The bridges will be closed to all traffic starting Friday afternoon.
The decay got to the point where RIDOT banned trucks and school buses from the bridges last summer. Then when survey crews recently discovered rusted and cracking steel along with other signs of deterioration, RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said the agency decided to close the bridges to all traffic
"We are signing a detour for cars and separate detour for trucks. Truck detour is a little bit longer than the car detour but takes less heavy trucking through neighborhoods," said St. Martin.
St. Martin said crews were supposed to start work to fully repair the bridges in a few months. He said the Ten Mile River bridges are scheduled to reopen for traffic at the end of 2013.
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