Draft report: I-195 Washington Bridge needs major repairs or 'full bridge replacement'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A draft report on the fate of the Washington Bridge obtained by Target 12 warns Rhode Island officials they need to either make major repairs to the structure or replace it entirely.


The 45-page report by Michael Murdock of VN Engineers Inc., dated Wednesday, urges the R.I. Department of Transportation to consider “the demolition and replacement of the superstructure, and potentially a full bridge replacement.”


Anything less than that, the report suggests, runs the risk that the bridge could collapse due to its severe structural problems. The unusual design of the bridge, which opened in 1968, also “poses significant challenges for its inspection, maintenance, and repair,” according to the report.