Travel Advisory: RIDOT Temporarily Bans Westbound Traffic on the Atwells Avenue Bridge Over I-95 in Providence

RHODE ISLAND, April 1 – Beginning Friday, April 8, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will change the traffic pattern on the Atwells Avenue Bridge over I-95 in Providence, prohibiting traffic heading west towards Federal Hill. Eastbound traffic will be moved to the left and access to downtown and service roads along I-95 will be maintained.

During the westbound travel restriction, drivers will follow a marked detour using Broadway and Dean Street along the following routes:

I-95 North to Atwells Avenue: Take exit 21. At the first light, turn left onto Broadway. At the second traffic light, turn right onto Dean Street towards Atwells Avenue.

From downtown to Atwells Avenue: From Sabin Street or Empire Street, follow Broadway on the freeway and turn right at the second traffic light onto Dean Street toward Atwells Avenue. Drivers should only turn right at the intersection of Atwells Avenue and Broadway if trying to reach the Hilton Hotel or the on-ramp to I-95 North. All other traffic should stay straight on Broadway and follow the detour.

There are no restrictions for I-95 South traffic using Exit 21 toward Atwells Avenue. A detour map is available at

The restriction will allow RIDOT to repair bridge joints and perform other repairs on the Atwells Avenue Bridge. In mid-May, RIDOT will shift traffic on the bridge to the right with only one of the two traffic lanes open. All lanes will reopen on the bridge by the end of June.

Work on the Atwells Avenue Bridge is part of RIDOT’s ongoing $265 million Providence Northbound Viaduct project. In addition to replacing the nearly 1,300-foot-long I-95 North Overpass, the project will rebuild 10 additional bridges, many of which have critical safety issues. It will correct inefficiencies, traffic congestion and safety issues along this portion of I-95, resulting in improved air quality and reduced vehicle emissions. The viaduct carries more than 220,000 vehicles daily over many local roads and freeway ramps, the Amtrak Northeast Corridor, and the Woonasquatucket River. It is the busiest section of I-95 in Rhode Island and one of the busiest overpasses on the East Coast. More information about the project is available at

The 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 ongoing commitment to repairing structurally deficient bridges and restoring Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure to sound condition, promoting economic development and creating jobs. Learn more at

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