The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has many road repair, redesign and building projects in progress throughout the state, some of which will likely make residents’ commutes more challenging.
The RIDOT announced the following traffic construction alerts for the week starting May 20:
I-295/Rte. 6 Bridge Rehabilitation
As part of the I-295/Rte. 6 Bridge rehabilitation project, motorists can expect the following changes:
I-295 North and Rte. 6 West:
Closure of the northbound service road. Access maintained to Exits 9A and 9C. Follow signed detour.
Closure of Exit 9B. Follow signed detour.
Lane restrictions from two to one on the ramp from Rte. 6 West to I-295 North. Delays anticipated.
I-295 South, Rte. 6 East and Rte. 6A (Hartford Ave.):
Closure of the southbound service road. Access maintained to Exits 9C and 9A. Follow signed detour.
Minor delays anticipated on ramp from Rte. 6 East to I-295 South given closure of southbound service road.
Closure of on-ramp from Hartford Ave. West to I-295 South. Left turn access off Hartford Ave. to I-295 South used by Hartford Ave. East traffic.
Please note: At the new traffic pattern on I-295 South, make sure you stay on the highway for Exit 9A for Route 6 to Providence. Don’t take the first exit (9C), which is now Hartford Avenue only.
New Traffic Pattern
Providence: I-95 North, from Exit 18 to Exit 19, lanes are currently shifted to the left. Please note: traffic entering the highway using the Allens Ave./Thurbers Ave. on-ramp to I-95 North must yield to traffic before merging onto the Interstate. Expect delays on the ramp; consider alternate routes during peak travel periods.
As part of the 6/10 Interchange Reconstruction Project, motorists can expect the following changes:
Rte. 6 East, all traffic shifted to the left just after the Hartford Ave. exit. Both eastbound and westbound lanes are narrowed and located on the westbound side of the highway.
Rte. 6 East at Broadway, exit closed for construction for approximately 24 months. Follow signed detour.
Rte. 10 North, from Union Ave. to the Tobey St. overpass, traffic shifts to the temporary Rte. 10 North and temporary Westminster St. ramp for approximately 24 months.
Traffic shifts to the right on Rte. 6 West, from the Tobey St. overpass to Hartford Ave. for approximately 12 months.
Traffic shifts on Broadway, from Barton St. to Olneyville Square for approximately 12 months.
Traffic shifts on the Broadway and Westminster Street bridges over the highway.
The lane split on the Rte. 6/10 Connector outbound has shifted one-half mile to the north of its current location. Also, traffic from the Tobey St./Harris Ave. on-ramp does not have direct access to Rte. 10 South and needs to follow a detour using Rte. 6 West.
Daytime work anticipated behind barrier at the 6/10 Interchange.
Temporary Road Closure
Westerly: Rte. 78 East, from the Conn. line to Rte. 1, will be closed for milling and paving, Sun.-Thurs. nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Follow signed detour.
Cumberland: Mendon Rd. North, from Martin St. to Scott Rd., and North and South, from I-295 overpass to Albion St., partial lane closures in a moving operation for drainage work, Mon. night from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Woonsocket: Diamond Hill Rd. atMendon Rd., alternating lane closures for milling, Wed. night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Cumberland: Old Diamond Hill Rd., from Home Ave. to Diamond Hill Rd., is currently closed to motorists while it becomes a walkable path as part of the Diamond Hill Road project.
Warwick: Rte. 117 East at Rte. 2, road closed for bridge demolition through mid-Summer. Follow signed detour.
Extended Lane Closure
Warwick: Motorists may continue to experience a continuous right lane closure for utility work on Rte. 117 (Centerville Rd.) East, from Commonwealth Ave. to Orchard Ave., and West from I-95 on-ramp to I-95 off-ramp, through Fri. May 24. Please note that overnight right lane closures on the Eastbound may occur. Delays anticipated.
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