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Elmwood Avenue Bridge

Photos 

March 2010 Flood

Photo taken by RIDOT

BH Photo #160112

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Pawtuxet River on US 1 in Cranston
Location
Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island, and Kent County, Rhode Island
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1918; rehabilitated 1990
Design
Arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 42.0 ft.
Total length: 149.9 ft.
Deck width: 40.4 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Pawtuxet River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.76161, -71.42491   (decimal degrees)
41°45'42" N, 71°25'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/298420/4626151 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Providence
Inventory numbers
RI 10 (Rhode Island bridge number)
BH 31941 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2014)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Sufficiency rating: 65.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
16,443

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • March 31, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Street View and Corrected GPS.

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Comments 

Elmwood Avenue Bridge
Posted April 1, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

James,

Thanks for visiting these bridges and posting the photos! Good to know the truss bridge is high and dry, it really is a spectacular bridge.

Elmwood Avenue Bridge
Posted April 1, 2010, by James F. Gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

Nathan,

I checked. That truss bridge is fine. I drove across it,took pics, posted them, everything. The messed up bridge is Laurel Ave. Built around 1990. There is a mill next to it where a wall of it has completely collapsed. Give me an e-mail address and i'll send it to you.

Elmwood Avenue Bridge
Posted April 1, 2010, by James Gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

That doesn;t look like the bridge that they showed on the news. It looks like a 70's steel stringer (UCEB style). I don;t have a lot of road access...all bridges are basically shut down, at least the good historic ones. I have to meet with bosses, but I did get a railroad bridge. I'll try to get more.

Elmwood Avenue Bridge
Posted March 31, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

James,

Let us all know what you find and post any photos you get!

I hope the bridge in Coventry that is about to collapse isn't the Phoenix column truss bridge: http://www.bridgehunter.com/ri/kent/8420/ since that would be a devastating loss. Hopefully you can check on this bridge.

Elmwood Avenue Bridge
Posted March 31, 2010, by James Gentner (jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com)

Nathan,

I travel a lot...especially to disaster sites. I am in Warwick, RI right now for work. The flooding here is crazy. There is a bridge in Coventry that the collapse is imminent, but I can't find out which one it is. They have I-95 shut down in areas, and traffic is a nightmare..I hope to get some of these bridges while I am here if I have the chance...

Pawtuxet River Bridge
Posted March 31, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

With the flooding currently in progress, this bridge can be seen on television with water rushing around it and over its deck.