As part of the ongoing $410 million Route 6/10 Interchange project in Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will conduct a series of weekend lane closures at the interchange for paving operations. Each will begin on Friday at 7 p.m., lasting through Monday at 5 a.m., for the weekends of May 5 and 12.
The paving will make uneven sections of Route 10 smooth and uniform through the project area. Weekend work originally scheduled for May 19 has been postponed to a future date this summer. Additional daytime paving is possible. RIDOT will install an additional, final top layer of pavement later in 2023.
During these weekends, there will be lane closures to allow the contractor extended working hours to complete the leveling and paving operations with the least impact to motorists, as traffic volumes on the weekends are lower than on weekdays. Drivers, however, should plan additional time for travel or consider alternate routes, such as I-95.
The schedule for weekend work, and expected lane and exit closures, is as follows:
• May 5-8: Route 10 North will be reduced to one lane between the Union Avenue (Exit 3A) interchange and the Harris Avenue/Tobey Street bridge. RIDOT also will close the right lane on Route 6 East from Plainfield Street on-ramp to the Broadway off-ramp.
• May 12-15: The Broadway off-ramp from Route 6 East will be closed for 24 hours. Traffic can detour using Hartford Avenue or Dean Street.
RIDOT's Route 6/10 Interchange project is completely rebuilding the interchange, which carries about 100,000 vehicles per day, replacing deficient roads and bridges with safe, modern structures with improved traffic flow that will contribute to reduced vehicle emissions. Seven structurally deficient bridges are being replaced. RIDOT will build a total of nine bridges – two of them new – including the signature flyover bridge from Route 10 North to Route 6 West which opened last fall. The project is on time and on budget and scheduled for completion by the end of 2023.
All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings and weather.
The 6/10 Interchange Project is made possible by RhodeWorks and the Bipartisan Infrastructure and Improvement Act. RIDOT is committed to bringing Rhode Island's infrastructure into a state of good repair while respecting the environment and striving to improve it. Learn more at www.ridot.net/RhodeWorks.