RIDOT’s Bridge Engineering section is in the process of creating an advertising package for the test contract. In December 2010, the Bridge Engineering section was directed to conduct a “Test” contract on one span to see if we can effectively control the quantity of concrete arch repair. This test arch contract will be performed this construction season and hopefully, the full contract for Washington Pedestrian Bridge will be advertised soon after. It is expected that this will probably delay the actual contract by at least 6 months.
This test work will be completed during this year Spring/Summer of 2011. The sidewalk will remain open during this phase of the project. Assuming all goes well with the testing, RIDOT anticipates doing the actual construction on the linear park Spring/Summer 2012.