New Thing #174: Bridge Out

Not far from where I live is Wickford Road. It's not a huge road, but it serves as a bit of a shortcut if you're going to a certain part of town.

I used it often to get to the gym (which I no longer belong to), the post office, and Target, among other places.

But in March construction began on the bridge.

And this week I swung by to check on the progress.


It's not like I decided this out of the blue - we had driven by the road one day and my wife thought she noticed that there was no bridge there anymore.

I had never seen a construction project that resulted in the full removal of a bridge road, so I didn't know if I quite believed her. Well, I guess it's not that I didn't believe her - but more that I needed to see it for myself.

You can't get too close to the site (obviously), but I caught a glimpse of where the road should be, and it pretty much looked like it wasn't there.

No_Bridge_WideHere's a picture - it's hard to see here, but to the right of that red vehicle, you can kind of see that there's no continuation of the road.

I blew that spot up a little more so you can get a tighter look:


It's still not perfect, but I think it helps give you an idea of what's happening there.

I looked on-line to see if there was any updated information about the project and found this Patch article from back in March (including a map of the affected Wickford_Detourarea and the detours which signs are all over the place around here pointing out) - the bridge closed in March and the project is expected to be finished in the fall.

Maybe I'll get back to you with an update then.

Or maybe not.

You probably don't care all that much.

But maybe the new bridge will be nice enough to garner status as a New Thing.