The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today it has formally awarded a $163.7 million contract to Cardi Corporation for the construction of a new Sakonnet River Bridge. Construction will begin shortly and a groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for April 24.
RIDOT anticipates the new bridge will be open to traffic in 2012. The contract does include an early incentive clause, which could result in the bridge opening one year earlier. The new structure will be built just to the south of the existing 53-year-old span, which will be demolished at the conclusion of the project.
Now to confirm that the project still includes accomodations for bicycles.