The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists that it will close the I-195 West on-ramps from Veterans Memorial Parkway and Warren Avenue in East Providence on Wednesday, April 4.
The closure is necessary for the complete replacement of the structurally deficient Parkway Ramp Bridge. This bridge carries traffic from both the Parkway and Warren Avenue ramps as it passes over the I-195 corridor.
Detour routes will be signed for both on-ramps to the I-195 West on-ramp at Broadway. Traffic heading north on the Parkway will follow a detour using Lyon Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway. Local traffic on the Parkway north of Lyon Avenue can use Mauran Avenue (the last street before the Parkway on-ramp) to Burgess Avenue to reach Warren Avenue and the detour route to Broadway. A detour map is available at www.ridot.net/detourmaps.
Those heading to destinations on the East Side of Providence may wish to follow Valley Street to North Brow Street to Massasoit Avenue to use the Henderson Bridge as an alternate detour. Motorists also may wish to use Pawtucket Avenue or the Wampanoag Trail to the East Shore Expressway for I-195 West access.
The bridge replacement will be completed in late fall, however work on the nearby Washington Bridge will extend its reopening until the end of 2019.
The bridge work is part of a new multi-bridge project in East Providence and Providence. The $20.7 million I-195 Corridor Bridges includes work on five structurally bridges.
All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.
The I-195 Corridor Bridges Project was made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT's ongoing commitment to repair structurally deficient bridges and bring Rhode Island's transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair, promote economic development, and create jobs. Learn more at www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks.