The bridge has officially been renamed in honor of Revolutionary War Major-General Nathanael Greene.
Federal, state and local political figures, dignitaries and residents joined officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) on Monday morning to rededicate the Laurel Avenue Bridge as the Major-General Nathanael Greene Memorial Bridge. Among those in attendance were Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, state Senators Glen Shibley and Nick Kettle, Representative Lisa Tomasso, Town Manager Tom Hoover, Director of Parks & Recreation Guy Lefebvre, Police Chief Bryan Volpe, Anthony Fire Chief Paul Labbadia, Town Council President Gary Cote and newly elected council members Greg Laboissonniere and Karen Carlson. RIDOT Director Michael Lewis also introduced guests Thomas Casey Greene, …
The newly named General Nathanael Greene Memorial Bridge will be accessible to the public on Thursday afternoon.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Lauren Costa
Thursday, November 8, 2012
After sustaining severe damage that compromised its support system during the historic floods of March 2010, the Laurel Ave. Bridge that passes over the Pawtuxet River in Coventry had been dismantled with plans to rebuild during that same year. Its closure forced residents and emergency apparatus to take a detour through town in order to pass to and from the Anthony, Pilgrim and Oak Haven areas. The RI Dept. of Transportation (RIDOT) awarded the $2.9 million design and construction contract to Warwick-based Cardi Corporation late last year and construction began the following spring with an estimated completion date of December 2012. This was the first design-build bridge contract for RIDOT, using a team approach with a design …