The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a series of lane closures, including brief overnight highway closures, for a section of I-95 in southern Rhode Island. The closures are necessary for the safety of workers and motorists during construction of the first two gantries for all-electronic tractor trailer-only tolling.
Daytime single-lane closures are scheduled on I-95 North and South Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the tolling locations, one approximately 1 mile north of Exit 2 (Hopkinton/Hope Valley) for the Wood River Valley Bridge on the Richmond/Hopkinton line (Location 1), and the other approximately 3 miles south of Exit 5 (Route 102) for the Tefft Hill Trail Bridge and Baker Pines Bridge near the Exeter/Richmond line (Location 2). During this time, the vertical supports for the gantries will be installed.
On Wednesday night, February 14 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., RIDOT will again close a single lane on I-95 South in preparation for the installation of the overhead gantry components at Location 2. The installation will take place during the overnight hours when traffic volumes are at their lowest, approximately between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., with a temporary full highway closure. Delays will be minimal, approximately 15 minutes long, and involve the use of a rolling roadblock. Starting at Exit 6 (Rte. 3), traffic will be reduced to 25 mph. By the time the rolling roadblock reaches the gantry installation location, the overhead components will be in place. During this time, on-ramps will be briefly closed at the Exit 5 interchange. Route 3 may be used as a detour.
The installation process will be repeated the following night, Thursday, February 15 for I-95 North. Delays for the rolling roadblock will start at Exit 2 and temporary on-ramp closures at the Exit 3 (Rte. 138) interchange will be needed.
The following week on Tuesday night, February 20, single-lane closures will be needed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the overhead gantry installation for Location 1. Only one night of a rolling roadblock will be needed, and brief on-ramp closures at the Exit 3, 4 and 5 interchanges will occur. Again Route 3 will be available as a detour.
All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.
Following the installation of the gantry structures, RIDOT has directed its contractor to extensively test the tolling system. This will take approximately one month, and a go-live date will be set after the tolling contractor has certified that all systems are working properly.