Visit Pawtucket's Newest Attraction

It's just a new bridge, isn't it?  Not really.  The new Pawtucket River Bridge is something for everyone to enjoy.

Trendy new bridge spanning Interstate 95 over the Pawtucket River offers unique lighting display, inter-modal transportation connections and art deco themes.

It's not just a bridge -- it's something to see.

The popular Pawtucket River Bridge, the new span carrying Interstate 95 over the Pawtucket River, and travelers between Boston and Providence, has become a favorite city destination, and the newest visitor attraction to the historic city, famed for being the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution, and now a prime arts, culture and entertainment destination in Southern New England.

The new span over the Pawtucket River replaced the earlier bridge that was first built in 1958, as part of the original Interstate 95 construction. It is located next to the landmark Apex Department Store.

The new bridge is a beacon for Pawtucket blending with the city’s historic landscape and features enhanced lighting. It features colorful state of the art lights, developed by Abernathy Lighting Design of North Providence, that enhance the architectural features of the newly built structure, along with dramatic views of the riverfront.

The unique color changing system of low voltage and long life LED lights enhances visibility on the bridge, and provide the ability to change the colors of the lighting to coordinate with major holidays or local events, similar to the lights on the dome of the Rhode Island State House.

The art deco themes on the bridge and pylons reflect connections to the Pawtucket City Hall, an Art Deco style structure built in 1933, as part of the Works Progress Administration, the US Government construction program created in the Great Depression to put unemployed construction workers back on the job.

The bridge also is an inviting edifice that connects travelers and visitors to the historic Blackstone River Valley, as it is located along waterfront access and bikeway routes for people to enjoy the heritage, cultural, leisure and business activity through intermodal transportation.


Read about the Pawtucket River Bridge...

NEW: ThePawtucket River Bridge will be receiving a Section Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society and will be showcased at their annual Illuminations Awards Banquet at the Marriot Longwarf Hotel on May 22, 2014.

NEW: Mondo Arc Article: page 81-83. More

The city of Pawtucket along with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will feature a special lighting of the I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge on Wednesday, April 2 as part of the annual Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign. More

2013 American Institute of Architects -  Design Awards Winners - Honor Award Urban Planning/Urban Design Pawtucket River Bridge No. 550
Northeast Collaborative Architects More

Pawtucket Foundation - Drawn from History: The Story of the New Pawtucket River Bridge by Richard Kazarian -  More

Valley Breeze - Residents love the new Pawtucket River Bridge  More

Pawtucket Times - Pawtucket Bridge Lights Up the Night More

Rhode Island Department of Transportation Project Information More

Providence Journal - North Providence lighting designer’s work will illuminate new Route 95 bridge in Pawtucket More

Bridge Lighting Designer Abernathy Lighting Design More

Bridge Architects Northeast Collaborative Architects More

Photos courtesy of the Pawtucket Foundation, Ernest Brown and Fern Farley.

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