Route 7 in Burrillville to be closed for repair due to storm damage


BURRILLVILLE – Effective Thursday, Dec, 21, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has closed Route 7/Douglas Turnpike – North, between Lorry Lane and Victory Highway, to repair damage from excessive rainfall from the Monday, Dec. 18 rainstorm.

Route 7 North traffic is currently detouring via Route 102/Broncos Highway, the Glendale Bypass and Victory Highway. RIDOT is also utilizing a temporary traffic signal from an earlier bridge project at the intersection of Route 7 and Victory Highway to aid detouring motorists.

According to a release from RIDOT, starting Wednesday, Dec. 27, crews will begin weekday work to rebuild the arch embankment and replace the undermined pavement and washed-out guardrail. Once the repairs are underway during daytime hours, both Route 7 North and South will be closed at the location, and motorists will need to follow the signed detour. During non-working hours, only the one-way detour for Route 7 North will be utilized.

RIDOT notes that this portion of Route 7 carries 5,000 vehicles per day. The duration of repairs is yet to be determined.

The department notes that all construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.

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