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Weekapaug Bridge

Westerly, RI
Owner: Rhode Island Department of Transportation

Weekapaug Bridge No. 997, originally built in 1936, carries Atlantic Avenue over the Weekapaug Breachway in Westerly, RI. This bridge project involved a superstructure replacement and substructure rehabilitation. The superstructure consists of a three spans (33'-54'-33') supported by butted prestressed concrete box beams with a channel beam to accommodate an 8-inch diameter water line. The bridge has one sidewalk. The precast crash-tested rails and decorative lighting were designed to replicate the original features. The existing commemorative granite plaques were reinstalled on the new bridge. The substructure repairs involved reinstalling stones which had fallen into the breachway and repointing masonry and filling voids at the pier ends.

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Given the importance to Westerly and the state of the summer tourist season, the construction of this project was planned to take place in the off season. For expediency, the road was allowed to be closed, with a detour planned and implemented by GRA's traffic engineers. Under this approach, the contractor was allowed to close the road on September 19, 2011. The road was reopened to traffic on December 13, 2011, less than three months after its closing.