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First Lights: Pawtucket River Bridge Lighting
First Light Pawtucket to celebrate the inaugural lighting and Grand Opening of the I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge
event featuring authentic Asian Dragon Boats, food and entertainment
The Blackstone Valley tourism Council (BVTC), RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the City of Pawtucket, along with support from the Pawtucket Times & Woonsocket Call newspapers, welcome everyone to be a part of history, with the official dedication and lighting of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.
First Light Pawtucket, happening Saturday, September 7, 2013, from , will be the formal dedication and inaugural lighting of the Interstate 95 bridge in Downtown Pawtucket, which has been under construction for the last five years.
Officially known as Bridge 550, the new span over the Pawtucket River is replacing the original bridge that was first built in 1958, as part of the original Interstate 95 construction. It is located next to the famed Apex Department Store.
The new bridge will be a new icon gateway for Pawtucket and feature enhanced lighting blending with the city’s historic landscape.
Events get underway at 5 pm, with a huge block party, taking place under the new span, near the Roosevelt Avenue Extension and Taft Street. (Public parking is available at the lots across from City Hall.)
The block party will offer food trucks, beverages, music and other surprises.
In addition, the BVTC will offer the public a special opportunity to witness the bridge lighting from a unique vantage point, by six Chinese Dragon Boats, which will be part of the official ceremonies.
The Chinese Dragon Boats will be available for the public at 401-724-2200., at the Festival Pier, School Street, Pawtucket, RI. Tickets for those who want to travel on the Dragon Boats are $10/person and available by calling the BVTC at
At , join with dignitaries, as the Pawtucket River Bridge is officially lighted, illuminating the new structure as a permanent fixture to the city.
For more details on First Light Pawtucket, contact BVTC at 401-724-2200.