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Traffic Advisory: Lane Shifts Planned for Route 6/10 Interchange as Reconstruction Begins

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will install two lane shifts at the Route 6/10 Interchange this weekend as the long-awaited reconstruction project gets underway.

The shifts will affect traffic on Route 10 North and Route 6 West in Providence. RIDOT will maintain the same number of travel lanes in both directions, and all on-ramps and exits will remain open. Shoulders and lane widths will be narrowed.

The shifts are needed to allow RIDOT to work on the existing Route 10 corridor and along the median of Route 6. The schedule, which is weather dependent and subject to change, is as follows:

Route 10 North: On Friday, September 14 into Saturday, September 15, all travel lanes will be shifted to the right between Westminster Street and Broadway.

Route 6 West: On Saturday, September 15 into Sunday, September 16, all travel lanes will be shifted to the right on the ramp from Route 10 South onto Route 6 West.

Construction to implement the new traffic patterns begins at 8 p.m. each night with lane closures. At least one lane will be kept open at all times in both directions. Expect delays.

The $410 million Route 6/10 Interchange project began in January. It will replace seven structurally deficient bridges as it rebuilds the interchange into a safer highway system that offers enhanced connectivity for highway users, city traffic and pedestrians and cyclists. Learn more at

RIDOT is utilizing a design-build approach that will save money and complete the project as quickly as possible. During 30 years of indecision and inaction on this vital highway link, its network of bridges deteriorated to the point where most of its bridges were classified as structurally deficient. Temporary supports were installed and millions of dollars spent in a series of repair projects necessary to keep the highway safe and open.

The Reconstruction of Route 6/10 Interchange 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: 09-12-2018

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