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Veterans Memorial Drive, Extension Going Two-Way Nov. 22

RIDOT is opening Veterans Memorial Drive and Veterans Memorial Drive Extension will open to two-way traffic Nov. 22.

[CREDIT: RIDOT] RIDOT is opening Veterans Memorial Drive and Veterans Memorial Drive Extension will open to two-way traffic Nov. 22.
[CREDIT: RIDOT] RIDOT is opening Veterans Memorial Drive and Veterans Memorial Drive Extension will open to two-way traffic Nov. 22.
[CREDIT: RISOT] Post Road between West Shore Road and Veterans Memorial Drive will open to two-way traffic sometime next week.
[CREDIT: RISOT] Post Road between West Shore Road and Veterans Memorial Drive will open to two-way traffic sometime next week.
WARWICK, RI — With Post Road East opened to two way traffic Wednesday, the RIDOT is turning to plans to do the same for Veterans Memorial Drive and Veterans Memorial Drive Extension Nov. 22, re-routing the main flow of traffic around Apponaug instead of directly through.

With this change, the section of Centerville Road carrying eastbound traffic into Apponaug will close to through traffic and motorists will use the new Veterans Memorial Drive Extension instead. 

All motorists traveling eastbound from Rte. 95, the Toll Gate/Kent County Memorial Hospital area and Centerville Road will now be able to circumvent Apponaug Village on a direct route to the TF Green Airport.

With this change, the section of Centerville Road carrying eastbound traffic into Apponaug will close to through traffic and motorists will use the new Veterans Memorial Drive Extension instead.

Motorists traveling west from the Greenwood area, the airport and West Shore Road will also be able to use Veterans Memorial Drive and Veterans Memorial Drive Extension to bypass Apponaug Village on their way to the highway and hospital.

Motorists are reminded to yield to traffic already in the circle as they approach each roundabout. The new Veterans Memorial Drive and Veterans Memorial Drive Extension has a center median to improve safety and reduce congestion.   Temporary delineators are planned to be installed to indicate to motorists that they need to use the roundabouts to reverse direction and access side streets rather than making left hand turn.
The changes are the latest and some of the last to be made in the $29.9 million ApponaugCirculator Project, which, when complete, will have installed roundabouts at Post Road at Williams CornerApponaug Four Corners, the Centerville Road and Tollgate Road intersection, the Greenwich Avenue and Veteran’s Memorial Drive intersection, and the Veterans Memorial Drive and Post Road Extension intersection. It is expected to be complete in 2017.
What roads are affected?       
Veterans Memorial Drive and Veterans Memorial Drive Extension, which meet at the new roundabout at the intersection with Greenwich Avenue. Together, these roads run between the new roundabouts at:
  • The intersection of Route 115 (Toll Gate Road), Route 117 (Centerville Road) and Gilbane Street
  • The intersection of Post Road, Post Road Extension and Veterans Memorial Drive
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Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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