WARWICK, RI — Tonight, RIDOT will close the jug handle access road to Warwick Mall on Rte. 2 south before the West Natick Road intersection, with a detour allowing mall access.
“We’re temporarily allowing left turns at the light at West Natick Road to reach the mall,” RIDOT wrote in an update to the agency’s $6.5 million bridge work rehabilitation project for bridges alongside Route 2 (Bald Hill Road).
The jug handle road also allows drivers on Rte. 2 south to reach businesses along West Natick Road and a popular parking area for the Washington Secondary Bike Path, RIDOT noted in its release about the project.
“To ensure access to these destinations, RIDOT will re-stripe a short stretch of the current one-way section of West Natick Road to make it a two-way road. These changes will be in place until summer 2022,” RIDOT announced.
A second phase involves closure of a portion of West Natick Road, to be announced, “well in advance,” RIDOT said.
The entire project, which also includes preservation on the Red Brook Bridge on Route 3 (Tiogue Avenue) in West Warwick, will be done by the end of the year.
This bridge rehabilitation project is part of RhodeWorks, RIDOT’s ongoing commitment to repair structurally deficient bridges and bring Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair, promote economic development, and create jobs.
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