Thursday, July 29, 2010

William C. O'Neill/SC Bike Path Starting Next Phase

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has announced that the William C. O’Neill (South County) Bike Path will be expanded. Starting Monday, August 2, 2010 crews will begin work on the next segment of the path which currently covers 5.6 miles between the Kingston Railroad Station and Route 108. The new segment, at just under one mile, will continue from Route 108 in South Kingstown, along MacArthur Boulevard and branch off and follow the old Pier Railroad to Mumford Road in Narragansett.

“We are pleased to provide a vital connection to both sides of Route 1 as we expand this path from South Kingstown to Narragansett,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “Not only will the path highlight the scenic beauty of the area, but it will also enhance the quality of life for its users while demonstrating the State’s commitment to providing alternate transportation options.”

Crews from J.H. Lynch & Sons are scheduled to work weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Their preliminary activities, which should have minimal impact to traffic, will include off-road surveying, clearing, excavation, drainage work and grading. A base course of pavement is scheduled to be placed this Fall, with a surface course to be applied next Spring. Through a $760,000 investment, the path is currently slated for completion in June 2011.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Safety Conference this Fall

RIDOT Mission: Safety 2010 Conference agenda is available at http://bit.ly/as5KCc. Conference runs Sept. 19 - 22 in Newport.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Exit 2 from I-195 West closing this weekend

Exit 2 from I-195 West in Providence will be closed this weekend due to construction associated with the Iway project. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will close the exit at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, July 17, 2010. The exit will reopen prior to the morning commute on Monday, July 19.

The ramp must be closed to allow for the removal of an abandoned gas line that runs underneath the ramp. Once the gas line is removed and pavement restored, motorists will find a smoother driving surface on the exit. The ramp remains under construction, however.

During the closure, motorists seeking access to the East Side of Providence should use Exit 3 (Gano Street) or Exit 1A (Point Street). RIDOT relocated Exit 2 in early June.

Motorists driving on I-95 and I-195 during overnight hours this summer may encounter other exit closures that are required during resurfacing operations. These closures will be much shorter than this weekend’s work and only last a few hours each night. Signed detours will be posted when closures are necessary.

Additional Iway changes scheduled for later this year include new on- and off-ramps in the Point Street and R.I. hospitals area. RIDOT also expects to begin demolition of the old I-195 highway this year.

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

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New to RIDOT Travel Advisories website

» Ramps closed

Cranston: I-95 SB at Exit 16 (Rte. 10), ramp to Rte. 10 NB will be closed for construction, Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Follow detour using same exit to Rte. 10 SB and reverse direction at the Rte. 1 (Elmwood Ave.) exit. Also, the ramp from Rte. 10 NB to I-95 SB will be closed. Detour by remaining on Rte. 10 NB and reverse direction at the Rte. 2 (Reservoir Ave) exit. Then use the on-ramp to I-95 SB from Rte. 10 SB.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pontiac Avenue bridge closing for flood repairs

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it will be closing the Pontiac Avenue Bridge in Cranston on Monday, July 19, 2010. The bridge will remain closed to all traffic for approximately one month in order to repair damage to the bridge and erosion of the river bottom caused by the intense flooding in March.
The bridge, which carries Pontiac Avenue over the Pocasset River, carries a weight limit of 10 tons, which causes delays in truck and bus traffic in Cranston. While the bridge is closed, RIDOT will conduct repairs that will allow the weight limit to be removed.
“Pontiac Avenue is a busy roadway and the closure of this bridge will have traffic impacts,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “The good news, however is that when the bridge reopens, truck and bus traffic no longer will need to be detoured.”
Detour maps can be found online at: http://www.dot.ri.gov/travelri/detourmaps.asp. The detours with turn-by-turn directions are as follows:
Pontiac Avenue North: Turn left onto Sockanosset Cross Road. Turn right onto Midway Road. Turn right onto Garden City Drive and follow to end to return to Pontiac Avenue.
Pontiac Avenue South: Turn right onto Garden City Drive. Turn left onto Midway Road. Turn left onto Sockanosset Cross Road and follow to end to return to Pontiac Avenue.
Sockanosset Cross Road to Pontiac Avenue North or Local Traffic on Pontiac Avenue North: Follow Pontiac Avenue North. Turn left onto Capuano Avenue. Turn right onto Garden City Drive and follow to end to return to Pontiac 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, July 9, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for July 10-16, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

REMINDER: Route 146 Ramps Closing TONIGHT. Please see: http://bit.ly/aC4XP3

Friday, July 2, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for July 3-9, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

Clarks Falls Road reopened

Clarks Falls Road, off Route 3 in Hopkinton, has been reopened to traffic following repairs for flood damage.

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