2 East Bay Bike Path bridges to close

BARRINGTON – The R.I. Department of Transportation on Nov. 1 will close two bike path bridges that have deteriorated enough to present a public safety concern.

The bridges carry the East Bay Bike Path over the Barrington River and the Palmer River, according to state transportation officials.

The bridges have been inspected every three months. The wooden spans are classified as structurally deficient and have advanced deterioration, according to a recent news release.

Originally built in 1900, they were refurbished in 1990 and made a part of the bike path.

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Two years ago, the sidewalks on both bridges were closed to pedestrians.

According to RIDOT, the replacement process will cost about $10 million. The work will take place through 2020.

Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com.