As part of the Providence Viaduct Replacement Project, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will open a temporary Exit 22 (Downtown Providence/Routes 6 &10/Providence Place) off of I-95 South on Monday, October 6, 2014. This will allow for the construction of a new Exit 22 as well as continued work on the new I-95 South bridge.
Building the new exit offline will keep traffic moving through the area while construction is underway, lessening the impact to the motoring public. The temporary exit is scheduled to be in operation for one year - with traffic shifting to a new, permanent Exit 22 by October 2015.
The Viaduct is an eight-lane highway consisting of two bridge structures that carry I-95 through the capital city. Built for an average of 57,500 vehicles a day, the Viaduct currently carries 220,000 daily vehicle crossings - making it one of the most heavily traveled stretches of interstate on the East Coast. In addition, it is a key access point for several downtown businesses and attractions. Work on the southbound bridge began last year through a $66.8 million contract with Manafort Brothers. Project completion is scheduled for late 2016.
Contact: Rose Amoros - Rose.Amoros@dot.ri.gov, 401-222-1362, Ext. 4450