New I-95 bridge span to open, weight limit lifted


The new Interstate 95 bridge span in Pawtucket is set to open, and that means a weight restriction that’s been in place for almost five years will be lifted.

The Department of Transportation plans to open the span to southbound traffic on Saturday, weather permitting.

A weight limit of 22 tons was placed on the bridge in 2007, but the next year the limit was lowered to 18 tons, where it’s remained. Large vehicles have been required to detour through Pawtucket or take I-295 to bypass the area.

Once the new span opens, work will begin to take down the old 95 South span and rebuild it. The $81 million project is scheduled to be completed next year.

The weight limit was lifted on I-95 North in April, when a northbound span opened.

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