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Traffic Advisory: Final Paving Scheduled on South and North Main Streets in Providence

Overnight Detour to Begin on Monday, October 9

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to pave South and North Main Streets in Providence, from James Street to Smith Street, including all intersecting side streets, beginning Monday, October 9 as part of ongoing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements.

On Monday and Tuesday nights, October 9 and October 10, motorists will encounter one lane of travel in this corridor between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., and a detour onto Benefit Street from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m., weather permitting. Approximately one week after final paving, RIDOT is scheduled to install a concrete crosswalk just north of the intersection of Park Row in the vicinity of the Old State House.

In addition to paving, the $9.5 million project addresses pedestrian safety in this highly traveled vehicular and pedestrian corridor. This includes bringing the existing sidewalks and handicapped ramps into ADA compliance, adding bump-outs at non-signalized intersections, new signing and striping, traffic signal system upgrades, and installing fiber optic cable.

The North/South Main Street ADA project is made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT's ongoing commitment to repair structurally deficient bridges and bring Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair, promote economic development, and create jobs. Learn more at

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  • Release date: 10-04-2017

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