Staring Friday, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will resume weekend Rte. 95 lane closures near Route 10/Exit 33 at the Cranston/Providence line.
The closures will allow the agency to replace the Wellington Avenue Bridge. RIDOT warns motorists to expect delays and use alternate routes such as Route 10 and I-295 on these weekends.
Each weekend, lanes will be closed on both sides of the highway as RIDOT demolishes and replaces different parts of this structurally deficient bridge. The closures start at 7 p.m. on Fridays with all lanes open by 5 a.m. Monday morning. RIDOT will keep at least two lanes open on the side of the bridge being worked on each weekend.
Sept. 8 & Sept. 11 Lane Splits: All Lanes Go Through (don’t stop)
RIDOT announced that briefly on Friday, Sept. 8 and the week of Sept. 11, there will be a lane split on I-95 North with two lanes on either side of the work zone.
“Drivers should not stop or suddenly change lanes at the split. This unsafe behavior will cause traffic delays and could lead to a crash. All lanes go through,” RIDOT stated.
The remaining schedule for the bridge replacement and traffic impacts is as follows:
Sept. 8: There will be a lane split on I-95 North near Route 10 in Cranston, with two lanes on either side of the split. All lanes go through.
Sept. 8-11: The two left lanes on I-95 North and the left lane on I-95 South will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. Friday night, September 8. All lanes reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11. Additionally, the ramp from Route 10 North to I-95 North will be closed.
Sept. 11-15: There will be a lane split on I-95 North near Route 10 in Cranston, with two lanes on either side of the split. All lanes go through.
Sept. 15-18: The two right lanes on I-95 North and the left lane on I-95 South will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 15. Additionally, the ramps from Rte. 10 North to I-95 North and South will be closed. All lanes reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18. There will be no lane split, northbound or southbound.
The bridge replacement operation also requires the closure of Wellington Avenue at the bridge, with a signed detour established for local traffic. The detour will be in effect until mid-September.
This rapid approach to bridge replacement saves motorists more than two years of lane closures, shifts and splits. Again, for this brief time, drivers can expect delays, should plan extra time for travel, and consider alternate routes such as Route 10 and I-295.
RIDOT has coordinated with its neighboring states to inform motorists of anticipated construction delays from this bridge work prior to major highway interchanges, including on I-95 South in North Attleboro, Mass. before I-295 and on I-95 North in East Lyme and Waterford, Conn. before I-395.
All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on circumstances. The replacement of the Wellington Avenue Bridge is part of RIDOT’s RhodeWorks initiative, with funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
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