Tiverton's Rt. 24 south on-ramp open by end of next week

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TIVERTON — By the end of next week, Main Road motorists will no longer have to first go backwards to travel south over the Sakonnet River Bridge, according to the R.I. Department of Transportation (DOT).

The Main Road on-ramp to Route 24 south has been closed on two separate occasions to allow for work on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. Currently, local drivers who want to go south on the bridge must first travel north on Route 24 and take Exit 6 (Fish Road). From there they take a left at the bottom of the ramp and take another left onto Route 24 south.

There won't be any need for the odd detour by the end of next week, however.

"The contractor is completing the final work for the on-ramp to Route 24 from Main Road, and the ramp is expected to open by the end of next week," DOT spokesman Bryan D. Lucier said Friday.

Back in January, DOT announced that the on-ramp would be open by the end of March, although that date was dependent on the weather.

In other news, DOT installed a new sign on the bridge overnight Thursday which required the closure of one of the southbound lanes. From 9 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday, the right lane on Route 24 south from the bridge to Exit 2 (Boyd's Lane) was closed for the work.

"The sign being installed at the bridge last night is a one of the directional highway signs that are part of the bridge contract," said Mr. Lucier.

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