Friday, January 19, 2018

I-95 stays shut; officials monitor faulty bridge


Thursday, April 1, 2010
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard place sandbags along Interstate 295 at Exit 1 in Warwick, R.I., to help prevent the floodwaters of the Pawtuxet River from covering the road Wednesday. Interstate 95 is closed due to flooding, causing traffic to be detoured onto I-295. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard place sandbags along Interstate 295 at Exit 1 in Warwick, R.I., to help prevent the floodwaters of the Pawtuxet River from covering the road Wednesday. Interstate 95 is closed due to flooding, causing traffic to be detoured onto I-295. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Interstate 95 remains closed in Warwick because of flooding and officials say drivers should prepare for long commutes and take alternate routes.

Meanwhile, Rhode Island officials are monitoring a bridge over the Pawtuxet River in Coventry that is in danger of collapsing, which could threaten homes downstream.

Though the floodwaters have begun receding, officials warn that problems could be just beginning. Neighborhoods and businesses were submerged in water, and roads that have been flooded won't even reopen to traffic once the waters clear because engineers need to assess their safety.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to travel to Rhode Island on Friday.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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