Henderson Bridge Changes

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Henderson Bridge Changes

I received many messages, from a variety of sources, announcing the upcoming changes to the Henderson Bridge traffic patterns.  According to the RIDOT press release, they are heading into the second phase of the Henderson Bridge repairs.  This means cyclists will now need to ride on the Southern sidewalk when heading into Providence and can again ride the road (or the Southern sidewalk) when leaving Providence.  RIDOT produced this map to help explain the traffic changes:

According to the press release,

The bridge’s original left lanes will remain closed permanently.

This is news to me and not part of what I recall as part of the long term plans.  I wonder if upon doing repairs, RIDOT found more extensive damage than originally thought?

2 thoughts on - Henderson Bridge Changes

  • Don Rogers
    Jun 11, 2009 at 5:31 am

    The continued closing of the 'original left lanes' is only referring to the central lanes (which would be a third lane in each direction) that have been closed for all of recent memory, preceding this construction by many years.

    I do believe it was in the original construction plans that they would remain closed. It's never been clear to me why they're closed, but it's pretty clear that the practical usage of the bridge has no need for any third lanes anyway.

  • Jun 11, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Ah… I read that to mean they were planning to close an additional lane, leaving only one lane of travel. You are right, they never intended to reopen the innermost lane to travel again. My understanding is the support structure is in such poor shape that it can't support the added weight of another travel lane.