To accommodate demolition of the old Sakonnet River Bridge, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) requires a temporary closure of the Sakonnet River channel beneath the old and new Sakonnet River bridges.

Channel closed: The Sakonnet River channel will be closed during bridge demolition operations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Monday thru Saturday, from approximately October 23, 2017 to November 27, 2017, except for the open periods listed below.  Vessels will be unable to enter or transit through the Sakonnet River channel during these bridge demolition operations for any reason. Channel open: The Sakonnet River channel will be open to all vessel traffic during non-demolition hours, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, and all day on Sundays.

The channel will also be open: Friday, October 27, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday, October 28. Friday, November 3 at 3:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday, November 6. Friday, November 11 at 3:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday, November 13 Mariners intending to have their vessels hauled for the season at the facilities located south of the bridge are encouraged to utilize the special channel openings listed above.

A patrol vessel will be on scene during channel closures and may be reached via VHF channels 13 or 16. The time frames referenced above may be adjusted to accommodate any unforeseen delays. Any such modification to the time frame will be disseminated to waterway users by the widest available means. Please be sure to regularly check the Local Notice to Mariners, and listen to Broadcast Notice to Mariners on VHF channel 22A. Mariners are advised to proceed with extreme caution when transiting the area.

Mariners may also contact the RIDOT person in charge by phone at (401) 265-5281. If you have additional questions, you may contact Senior Chief Petty Officer Timothy Chase of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at (401) 435-2356 or e-mail Timothy.W.Chase@uscg.mil.