Monday, June 28, 2010

RIDOT Intern Wanted

RIDOT is looking for a Communications intern. Position available as of July 19. Contact us for more details. 401-222-1362 x4007.

Rte. 108 overnight closure

Rte. 108 overnight closure schedule adds one night; to take place Tuesday-Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. See: http://bit.ly/aiGbgv

Douglas Avenue Bridge reopened

The Douglas Avenue Bridge (Rte. 7) in Providence has reopened following repairs for flood damage.

Friday, June 25, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for June 26 - July 2, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW
RIDOT Reminds Union Avenue Bridge Area Residents: Safety First. Please see: http://bit.ly/drP2qL
RIDOT closing rural road in Hopkinton for flood repair. Please see: http://bit.ly/bfCtSK

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New to RIDOT Traffic Forecast: Thurbers Ave. ramp to I-95 SB closed tonight, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Use Blackstone St. on-ramp to I-95 SB.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

RIDOT closing Union Avenue Bridge tomorrow for rehabilitation. Please see: http://bit.ly/dfwV2G

RIDOT changing traffic pattern for Route 1 in Narragansett

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be changing the traffic pattern on Route 1 on the Narragansett/South Kingstown line in conjunction with a bridge rehabilitation project. The changes are scheduled to begin tonight and the new pattern will be in effect until the end of this year.

Last fall, RIDOT closed one of the two bridges that carry Route 1 over Route 108 and moved all traffic to the southbound bridge. All traffic shared the southbound bridge with two travel lanes southbound and one northbound. This allowed for the demolition and reconstruction of the northbound bridge. By completely closing one bridge at a time, RIDOT can finish the project in the shortest timeframe possible.

The project will now address the demolition and rehabilitation of the southbound bridge, and RIDOT will move all traffic to the new northbound bridge. The same traffic pattern will remain – two travel lanes southbound and one northbound.

Tonight, RIDOT will move the travel lane for Route 1 northbound to the new bridge. The southbound travel lanes will be relocated by Thursday night. The on-ramp that carried traffic from the corner of Route 108 (Point Judith Road), Woodruff Avenue and South Pier Road to Route 1 North remains closed due to rehabilitation of another bridge.

RIDOT expects to restore traffic patterns on Route 1 by late this fall. Route 1 and Route 108 will remain under construction through Spring 2011.

Related to this work, RIDOT made numerous improvements to the Dillon Rotary and Route 108 to help move traffic through the area safely.

The changes are necessary as part of a $6.6 million project funded entirely by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. All three bridges are more than 45 years old.

RIDOT will closely monitor traffic in the area for congestion issues, particularly during the busy summer beach season. Traffic volumes are heavier for southbound traffic than they are for northbound traffic, and that is why RIDOT is maintaining two southbound travel lanes throughout the duration of the project.

Motorists with questions can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional information will be available on RIDOT’s website (www.dot.ri.gov) and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

Monday, June 21, 2010

Survey Crews to Limit Access to the East Bay Bike Path on June 28. Please see: http://bit.ly/9fR9sQ

Friday, June 18, 2010

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for June 19-25, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW
Work to repair flood-related damage to Route 115 (Main Street) in West Warwick has been completed and the road is now open.

I-95 paving beginning next week

I-95 paving beginning next week. Please see: http://bit.ly/bLWejD

Calling all Motorcyclists: National Ride to Work Day is Monday, June 21.

Calling all Motorcyclists: National Ride to Work Day is Monday, June 21. Please See: http://bit.ly/a4XpAk

Monday, June 14, 2010

RIDOT closing Union Avenue Bridge for rehabilitation

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it will be closing the Union Avenue Bridge over Route 10 in Providence on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. The bridge will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians, for approximately two years. A series of detours will be marked and RIDOT has arranged for free RIPTA bus service in the area during the bridge closure.

The 52-year-old bridge is structurally deficient and must be replaced. Only by completely closing this bridge can it be replaced safely and quickly. The $8.1 million project will be built by Aetna Bridge of Pawtucket.

The Union Avenue Bridge is one of a few bridges crossing Route 10 in Providence and the most direct route to and from the West End and Silver Lake neighborhoods. Traffic volumes on Union Avenue are significant, and congestion along the detour routes can be expected - especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours. During busy periods, motorists may wish to seek alternate routes to avoid this area.

“We understand that closing this bridge will make travel more difficult for motorists and pedestrians in this part of Providence,” Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We will work diligently to see this bridge reopened as quickly as possible.”

To help explain the project and the detour routes in greater detail, RIDOT will be hosting a public workshop on Thursday, June 17 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Asa Messer Elementary School cafeteria, 158 Messer St., Providence.

RIDOT has been working on Route 10 and on local streets near the Union Avenue Bridge this spring in advance of this closure. Traffic signals on Cranston Street have been upgraded to help move more traffic through the area, and RIDOT has built a small roadway between Huntington Avenue southbound and Huntington Avenue northbound to help detouring traffic.

During the design phase of this project, RIDOT analyzed pedestrian traffic volumes on the bridge along with vehicular traffic volumes. Because of the high number of pedestrians, RIDOT arranged to provide free bus service on RIPTA’s Bus # 18 Union Avenue throughout the duration of the project. Visit RIPTA’s website at www.ripta.com for more information.

RIDOT will be posting signs for detour routes depending on destination. Information on these are listed below and on RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov/travelri/UnionAveBridge.asp. No detours are required for travel from Route 10 southbound to Union Avenue westbound or from Route 10 northbound to Union Avenue eastbound Turn-by-Turn Detour Directions

Union Avenue Eastbound: Turn right onto Huntington Avenue. At the intersection with Cranston Street, turn left through a new opening that allows traffic to reverse direction and use Huntington Avenue North. Use the on-ramp to Route 10 North to reach the Union Avenue exit. Trucks should follow Cranston Street directly to Union Avenue.

Union Avenue Westbound: Turn left onto Linwood Avenue. Turn right onto Cranston Street. Turn right onto Webster Avenue. Return to Union Avenue.

Route 10 North to Union Avenue Westbound: Take the Niantic Avenue exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Niantic Avenue. Turn left onto Cranston Street. Turn right onto Webster Avenue. Return to Union Avenue.

Route 10 South to Union Avenue Eastbound: Take the Cranston Street/Garfield Street exit. At the ramp, turn right onto Garfield Street. Turn right onto Cranston Street. Turn left to return to Union Avenue.

Motorists with questions can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional information will be available on RIDOT’s website (www.dot.ri.gov) and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007

Friday, June 11, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for June 12-18, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

Thursday, June 10, 2010

RIDOT, Town of Warren Open Warren Bike Path

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Town of Warren today celebrated the opening of the Warren Bike Path, a new 1-mile bikeway in the eastern portion of town. The ceremony took place on the path at Warren Recreation Park on Asylum Road.

RIDOT provided $1.2 million for design and construction of the path, which extends from the Kickemuit River to Long Lane, close to the Massachusetts border. The path follows the abandoned Warren-Fall River Railroad spur, along which the town has long-range plans to extend the path further east toward the East Bay Bike Path.

The new path provides a major recreation asset to the town, as well as an alternative transportation corridor for non-motorized travel. It provides direct connections to Kickemuit Middle School, Hugh Cole Elementary School, and Warren Recreation Park.

The construction of the path was a partnership between RIDOT and the Town of Warren, and U.S. Senator Jack Reed was instrumental in securing funding for this project.

“Rhode Island has an impressive network of bike paths, now totaling 55 miles in length,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “The Warren Bike Path is a welcome addition to our system of off-road, paved paths for recreational use or for biking to work or school.”

This is the second bike path in Warren, which is one of five communities that the 14-mile East Bay Bike Path runs through.

“Warren’s citizens have worked for a long time toward this bike path,” noted Warren Town Council President David Frerichs. “We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to explore this beautiful area of Warren.”

The path adds to the State’s growing network of bike paths. Other major paths in Rhode Island include:

• East Bay Bike Path: Barrington, Bristol, East Providence, Providence and Warren. • Blackstone River Bikeway: Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield and Woonsocket. • Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway: Johnston and Providence. • Quonset Bike Path: North Kingstown. • Ten Mile River Bikeway: East Providence and Pawtucket. • Washington Secondary Bike Path: Coventry, Cranston, Warwick and West Warwick. • William C. O’Neill Bike Path (South County Bike Path): South Kingstown.

Contact: Charles St. Martin (401) 222-1362 x. 4007

Friday, June 4, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for June 5-11, 2010 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RIDOT relocating Exit 2 from I-195 West. Please see: http://bit.ly/bc5EBP

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