The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has begun work on the replacement of the
Great Island Bridge in Narragansett. The new bridge will be built in two phases, with half of the
existing bridge remaining open to both vehicles and pedestrians with a temporary traffic signal
to safely guide traffic on and off of the island.
The temporary signal is being installed and is expected to be activated on Monday, November
3. Once operational, there will be a new traffic pattern in effect with one lane of alternating traffic
on Great Island Road between State Street and Basin Road throughout the life of the project.
Additional lane closures may be necessary during this time on Galilee Escape Road, at the
intersection with Great Island Road, for drainage and utility work.
Originally constructed in 1959, the Great Island Bridge is currently posted for a 12-ton (2 axle),
15-ton (3 axle) and 28-ton (5 axle) load limit, which limits the type of traffic that can cross.
The $8.5 million contract with MIG Corporation is scheduled for completion in June 2017. Contact Information Phone : 401-222-2450 Email : CustomerService@dot.ri.gov Website : http://www.dot.ri.gov/