Exit numbers on Rte. 95 from the MA border in Pawtucket to the CT border in Hopkinton will be renumbered starting Sunday, July 31, part of a federal program requiring Rte. 95 exit renumbering.
I-95 is the last highway RIDOT has left to renumber. The current highway exit numbers were assigned sequentially, according to the RIDOT.
The new exit numbers are keyed to mile markers – a system used throughout the country for many years. Rhode Island and some neighboring New England states are among the last to change to the method, a switch required by the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
The mile-marker exit number system lets drivers know how far they need to travel to reach their desired off-ramp. It also allows for easier expansion for future interchanges since the entire highway would not have to be renumbered to accommodate a new exit number. RIDOT will install temporary signs indicating the old exit number and will leave them up for an extended period of time.
RIDOT will reach out to communities, businesses, and organizations along these highway corridors to notify them of the change. The Department also will contact electronic mapping and GPS companies to inform them of the new exit numbers as they are changed.
RIDOT has provided the following charts outlining exit changes on both Rte. 95 North and Rte. 95 South exit numbers:
Rte. 95 North
Rte. 95 South
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