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Rhode Island places axle and weight
restrictions on two bridges

Update: As of October 1, 2012, all weight and axle restrictions for the Pawtucket River Bridge have been lifted and it is now open to all traffic.
(Special thanks to Josh Easter for this update)

The State of Rhode Island has placed weight and axle restrictions on two bridges within the state.
One is on I-95 north of the City of Providence and just before the Massachusetts state line. This bridge named the Pawtucket River Bridge is under construction and off-limits to the following vehicles.
Any single vehicle having more than two axles and/or any combination vehicle having more than two axles per unit, or any vehicle with a GVW of more than 36,000 lbs.

The second bridge is named the Sakonnet River Bridge and is located on SR-24/138 between Fall River, MA and Portsmouth, RI north of the Town of Newport.
The first offense fine for illegally crossing either bridge is $3,000. Second and subsequent fines are $5,000.
The state recommends using I-295 around Providence to avoid the Pawtucket River Bridge. If traveling south on I-95 to Providence or if you cannot avoid the bridge, they have devised a detour along nearby surface streets.
For more information and to see maps and details of the detour visit
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