The Rhode Island Department of Transportation today announced traffic pattern changes affecting Railroad Avenue and access to Kingston Station off Route 138 (Kingstown Road) in South Kingstown. Effective tomorrow, work will begin beneath the Route 138 overpass, temporarily closing that segment of Railroad Avenue. The restrictions will be in place until August 2015.
Access will be maintained from both the north and south on Railroad Avenue, which loops around the station campus and connects to Route 138. Pedestrian access under the bridge – linking a new overflow parking lot to the station – will be maintained at all times. RIPTA service to the station will not be affected.
To improve access to Railroad Avenue and Kingston Station during this project, RIDOT removed traffic islands on Route 138 at Railroad Avenue, permitting left turns for both eastbound and westbound traffic. Signs will be posted directing people to both the main and overflow parking lots for Kingston Station. Traffic seeking access to Waites Corner Road via Frank Avenue should use the northern half of the loop, turning right onto Railroad Avenue if driving west on Route 138, or left onto Railroad Avenue if driving east. Traffic on Route 138 will not be affected.
Through a $598,000 contract with Northern Construction Company, RIDOT will be making numerous concrete repairs to extend the life of the bridge, which also passes over Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.
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Contact: Rose Amoros (O):401-222-1362 x4450 (C):401-261-2159 Rose.Amoros@dot.ri.gov