Memorial Bridge Replacement

Project Highlights

• Rhode Island’s first design-build bridge project
• Bridge replacement adjacent to a dam
• Complex hydrologic, hydraulic, and scour analyses
• Restoration of the original abutment masonry
• Implemented Accelerated Bridge Construction

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Project Summary

CME’s design-build team was selected by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to replace the Major General Nathanael Greene Memorial Bridge after it sustained significant damage during severe flooding in the spring of 2010. CME worked with Cardi Corporation, a prominent construction firm in Rhode Island, to deliver the project. Our team collaborated with both the contractor and RIDOT on the design and method of construction to meet critical budgets and time constraints.

The project included the full replacement of the bridge, originally constructed in 1900, which carries Laurel Avenue over the South Branch of the Pawtuxet River and is located directly over a spillway. RIDOT requested that extensive hydraulic and scour analyses be conducted, which was complex due to the flows of the Pawtucket River and the effects the dam has on the structure. CME also provided environmental permit coordination prior to the construction of the new bridge.