As part of its ongoing $ 265 million Providence Viaduct Northbound project, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will implement new lane changes for portions of I-95 North and South in Providence from from Thursday evening November 18. RIDOT will also modify I -95 North at Exit 23 (Route 146 / State Offices) and install gates to separate traffic when taking the I-95 North exit through transit.
All lanes of traffic on I-95 in the area of the Smith Street and Charles Street overpasses will move to the left. Changes will take place Thursday night for I-95 South and Friday night, November 19, for I-95 North with lane closures on both nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. part of the Viaduct project.
The placement of the barrier at Exit 23 will prohibit any last minute lane changes at the split, which is now defined by markings on the roadway. Drivers should not slow down or suddenly change lanes at the intersection, as this dangerous behavior will cause traffic delays and could result in an accident.
In addition to replacing the nearly 1,300-foot-long I-95 north viaduct, the project will rebuild 10 additional bridges, many of which present a critical safety issue. It will also correct inefficiencies, traffic jams, and safety issues along that part of I-95. The viaduct carries more than 220,000 vehicles per day on numerous local roads and freeway ramps, the Northeast Amtrak Corridor and the Woonasquatucket River. It is the busiest section of I-95 in Rhode Island and one of the busiest highway bridges on the East Coast. More information about the project is available at www.ridot.net/ProvidenceViaduct.
Construction of the entire project will be completed in 2025.
All construction projects are subject to schedule and scope changes based on needs, circumstances, discoveries and weather conditions.
The Providence Viaduct Northbound Project is made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT’s continued commitment to repairing structurally deficient bridges and putting Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure back in good repair, promoting economic development and creating jobs. Learn more at www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks.