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Final Phase of I-95 South Traffic Pattern Changes Coming Next Week

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that the final step in a series of traffic pattern changes on I-95 South near Exits 22 (Routes 6/10; Downtown) and Exit 21 (Atwells Avenue) in Providence is scheduled to be in place on Wednesday, November 16.

This change will restore the traffic pattern on this part of I-95, but with all traffic utilizing the new Providence Viaduct. RIDOT will remove the lane split that has been in place for the last few weeks as the Department shifted traffic onto the new structure one lane at a time.

Overnight lane closures will be scheduled for I-95 South starting at Exit 23 (Charles Street) weeknights beginning at 9 p.m. with all lanes reopened by 6 a.m. The new traffic pattern in effect by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16. Weekday overnight lane closures continue through the end of year as RIDOT finalizes construction of the bridge.

RIDOT encourages all motorists to reduce their speed and drive safely through all work zones. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. RIDOT will continue to provide frequent updates on these traffic pattern changes visit for the most current information.

The Providence Viaduct is an eight-lane highway consisting of two bridge structures that carry I-95 through the capital city. 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.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007; 401-641-8934

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  • Release date: 11-10-2016

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