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Traffic Advisory: Lane Shift on I-295 North in Johnston Signals Phase Two of I-295 Bridge Repairs

Implementation Coming the Weekend of August 9

On Friday night, August 9 at 9 p.m., motorists will experience temporary lane and exit closures as the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) shifts traffic to the right on I-295 North, from Scituate Avenue to Hartford Avenue, in Johnston. The new traffic pattern should be in place by 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 10.

This I-295 North lane shift is part of the second phase of this $42.6 million construction project to rehabilitate bridges that carry I-295 at its interchange with Routes 6 and 6A (Exit 9). A similar lane shift on I-295 South is expected to be implemented in early September.

New changes in the traffic pattern for I-295 North are as follows; full closure information is available on RIDOT's website at

  • Closure of the northbound through lanes. Through traffic will utilize the new bridges on the service road.
  • Access will be maintained for ramps to Route 6 East to Providence (Exit 9A) and Route 6 West toward Hartford, Conn. (Exit 9C).
  • Exit 9B to I-295 South will remain closed. Any travelers using it can follow a detour utilizing Exit 9C to an on-ramp to I-295 South.

All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.

The I-295 Bridges Contract 2 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: 08-02-2019

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