The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be removing the split-lane traffic pattern this weekend on I-95 South, shortly after Exit 6 (Route 3), in West Greenwich. One lane of travel will be closed overnight tonight on I-95 South and reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday to make this change.
RIDOT is conducting this work on a weekend to achieve the goal of removing the split-lane traffic pattern prior to the holiday season. The project is presently several months ahead of schedule.
Motorists will still find lanes shifted to the left on both I-95 North and South at the project for the next several months. RIDOT has been shifting and splitting travel lanes on this part of I-95 to allow for the reconstruction of the Weaver Hill Road Bridge.
As part of the work, RIDOT will close the right lane on I-95 South and Weaver Hill Road completely to local traffic at 9 p.m. Sunday in order to safely demolish a portion of the old bridge. All lanes will be restored by 5:30 a.m. Monday.
The removal of the split-lane traffic pattern will eliminate the need for an oversize truck detour route along Route 3.
The $4.4 million project began earlier this year and is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2011. The project involves rehabilitation and widening of two separate bridge structures that carry I-95 North and South over Weaver Hill Road, approximately 1 mile south of Exit 6. The bridges are more than 40 years old.
Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007