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RIDOT to shift southbound traffic to new structure at Pawtucket River Bridge

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it will shift I-95 South traffic to a new highway structure in Pawtucket beginning tonight, Friday, May 3. Part of the Pawtucket River Bridge replacement project, the traffic shift allows the Department to reopen Exit 27. In a change to the previously announced schedule, additional construction remains before RIDOT can reopen the Main Street on-ramp to I-95 South.

WHAT: The work needed to move traffic to the new Pawtucket River Bridge structure will require southbound lane closures. At least one lane will remain open at all times, but motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes such as Route 146 and I-295. Northbound travel will not be affected.

WHEN: The first lane will be closed Friday at 9 p.m. and a second lane will be closed at 11 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 9 a.m. on Saturday.

WHERE: The Pawtucket River Bridge, which carries I-95 over the Seekonk River.

VISUALS: Pictures and project information are available on RIDOT's website at

Traffic is being shifted to the last of three structures built to carry I-95 traffic. Building the bridge in phases has allowed RIDOT to complete the reconstruction of the Pawtucket River Bridge with minimal impact to highway traffic and no permanent reductions in travel lanes during peak periods. The project is expected to wrap up this summer.


Contact: Rose Amoros 401-222-1362 x4450

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  • Release date: 05-03-2013

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