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Traffic Advisory Reminder: Weekend Closure of Route 146 in North Smithfield Starts Tonight

Closure to take place from June 29 - July 1

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists of a weekend closure of Route 146 North and South, in sequence, in North Smithfield starting tonight Friday, June 29 at 9 p.m. lasting through Sunday, July 1 at 10 a.m. The northbound side will close first, followed by the southbound side. As each side closes, one lane on the alternate side will remain open but will be subject to rolling roadblocks. All lanes will be fully operational and open by 10 a.m. on Sunday.

RIDOT will use the closure to install steel girders at the Woonsocket Hill Road Bridge, which spans Route 146 between the Route 104/Downtown Woonsocket exit and the Pound Hill Road exit.

The closure schedule is as follows:

Friday at 9 p.m. Route 146 North Highway closure begins

Friday at 10 p.m. Route 146 South One lane closed

Saturday at 10 a.m. Route 146 North and South Two lanes open

Saturday at 9 p.m. Route 146 South Highway closure begins

Saturday at 10 p.m. Route 146 North One lane closed

Sunday at 10 a.m. Route 146 South and North All lanes reopen, N and S

Motorists should expect delays during the closure periods and use alternate routes. The night time schedule is used to take advantage of low traffic volumes and to minimize impact on travelers. Closing portions of Route 146 for the weekend allows the Department to expedite the steel girder installation, shave several weeks off the project schedule and get it reopened in one construction season.

The following detours will be in place on Route 146 North and South for the steel girder installation at the Woonsocket Hill Road Bridge, June 29 - July 1, 2018. A map of the recommended detour route is on RIDOT's website at

Route 146 North

Take the Route 146A North (Eddie Dowling Highway) exit

Turn left onto Route 146A North (Smithfield Road)

Stay straight on Route 146A as it becomes Great Road

Use on-ramp to return to Route 146 North

Route 146 South

Take the Pound Hill Road exit

Turn right onto Industrial Drive

Turn left onto Route 5 South (Providence Pike)

Turn left onto Route 104 (Greenville Road/Farnum Pike)

Use ramp to return to Route 146 South

Final completion for the $11.3 million project is slated for Fall 2019. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The Route 146 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

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  • Release date: 06-29-2018

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