Thursday, October 28, 2010

REMINDER: New I-95 South Exit to Open Tomorrow

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists of changes scheduled to take place tomorrow, Friday, October 29, 2010, on I-95 South in Providence.

During the early morning hours, RIDOT will open a new exit off-ramp from I-95 South to the R.I. hospitals complex as part of the Iway project. The ramp will permanently replace the exiting Eddy Street off-ramp at Exit 19, which will close on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Motorists will encounter the new ramp (signed as Exit 19) just after Exit 20 to I-195 East, about one quarter of a mile sooner than the current Exit 19.

The new ramp will split at its end. By staying left of the split, motorists will have access to Eddy Street. By staying right at the split, motorists will arrive at Borden Street. This new configuration should help reduce traffic on Eddy Street and other major roads such as Dudley Street by providing direct access to offices and medical facilities at the northern and western portions of the hospitals campus. The new Exit 19 also can be used to access the Jewelry District, Point Street, Davol Square and Wickenden Street areas of Providence.

All schedules are weather-dependent.

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: Bryan Lucier 401-222-1362, Ext. 4012

Groundbreaking for Pawtucket River Bridge, Thursday, November 4

Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman James Langevin and Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle will join RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis and other Federal, State and local officials to break ground on the Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement Project. The event will be held on Thursday, November 4 at 2 p.m. at the closed on ramp to I-95 North from George Street in Pawtucket.

The Pawtucket River Bridge, built in 1958, carries I-95 over Taft Street and the Pawtucket River. Carrying approximately 162,000 vehicles per day, the bridge has been posted at 18 tons for the past two years to help preserve its service life until its replacement. RIDOT is currently targeting Spring 2012 for the posting to be lifted and Summer 2013 for the project completion.

Contact: Heidi Gudmundson (401) 222-1362 x. 4009

Friday, October 22, 2010

RIDOT Travel Advisories

The RIDOT Travel Advisories for October 23-29, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

RIDOT to open new exit from I-95 South to the hospitals complex

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that a new off-ramp from I-95 South to the R.I. hospitals complex will open next week. The ramp will permanently replace the existing Eddy Street off-ramp at Exit 19, which will close the following week. These changes are part of the Iway project.

The new ramp will be open to traffic during the early morning hours on Friday, October 29, 2010. Motorists will encounter the new ramp (signed as Exit 19) just after Exit 20 to I-195 East, about one quarter of a mile sooner than the current Exit 19.

The new ramp will split at its end. By staying left of the split, motorists will have access to Eddy Street. By staying right at the split, motorists will arrive at Borden Street. This new configuration should help reduce traffic on Eddy Street and other major roads such as Dudley Street by providing direct access to offices and medical facilities at the northern and western portions of the hospitals campus.

“The exit as it exists today puts all hospital traffic from I-95 South on Eddy Street,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “The new exit will provide more choices and eliminate the need for many people to cut across the hospital campus to get to their destination.”

To allow time for motorists to become accustomed to the new ramp, RIDOT intends to keep the old hospital exit at Dudley Street open until November 3. At that time, old Exit 19 to Eddy Street will close permanently.

New Exit 19 also can be used to access the Jewelry District, Point Street, Davol Square and Wickenden Street areas of Providence.

The opening of the new Exit 19 is the third major traffic pattern change this fall related to the Iway project. This month, RIDOT has opened the new Clifford Street bridge and established a new traffic circulation pattern on the service roads on either side of the I-95 corridor. Earlier this week, the Department changed the traffic patterns on Friendship Street and Pine Street in the Upper South Providence area to line up with the service road traffic circulator.

Also scheduled to open this fall is a new on-ramp from Point Street to I-95 South, which is scheduled to be operational in November. This ramp will replace the former Broad Street on-ramp to I-95 South, which closed in 2008. By the end of 2010, RIDOT also plans to open a new section of East Franklin Street from Clifford Street to Broad Street and an additional exit to the hospitals area – new Exit 1B from I-195 West.

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

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

RIDOT closing bridge on Route 1 in North Kingstown for flood repair


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is closing the Austin Farm Bridge in North Kingstown this afternoon. The bridge carries Route 1 North (Post Road) over the Hunt River near the Route 402 (Frenchtown Road) intersection.

A recent inspection of this bridge found damage related to the intense flooding conditions from this past March with some areas of the river bottom around the bridge’s abutments undermined by the flood’s swift currents. RIDOT will work through the weekend to repair the bridge with the goal of reopening it on Monday.

RIDOT will shift northbound traffic to the southbound lanes of Route 1. This will allow traffic to pass through the intersection. However, in moving northbound traffic to the southbound lanes, there will only be one lane of travel in each direction on Route 1 instead of two. RIDOT has arranged for police officers to direct traffic through the area, but the loss of through lanes and turning lanes will lead to congestion. Motorists are advised to plan additional travel time through this area this weekend or seek alternate routes for travel between North Kingstown and East Greenwich.

This bridge – along with all spans across major rivers in Rhode Island – was continuously monitored during the floods in March for any sign of deterioration. The bridge showed no signs of deterioration at that time or as the flood waters receded.

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, October 21, 2010

Point Street Overpass to close this weekend for Iway construction


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be closing a section of Point Street this coming weekend for construction associated with the Iway project.

Beginning tomorrow, Friday, October 22, 2010 at 6 p.m., RIDOT will close the Point Street overpass between West Franklin Street and East Franklin Street. The Department expects to re-open the Point Street overpass on Monday, October 25 at 3 p.m.

The closure is necessary to allow RIDOT to pour concrete on a bridge that will carry traffic on a new on-ramp to I-95 South. Because of the proximity of the new on-ramp to Point Street, the Point Street overpass will remain closed to eliminate vibration that could adversely impact the new concrete while it is curing.

During this closure, motorists will need to follow a detour using Plain Street, Borden Street, Eddy Street and Richmond Street to return to Point Street. Maps showing the detour route will be posted on RIDOT’s website (www.dot.ri.gov). Motorists and hospital employees should allow themselves additional travel time, especially during the Monday morning commute.

Traffic on the Point Street overpass was recently converted to one-way eastbound earlier this month with the establishment of a new traffic circulator using the service roads West Franklin Street and East Franklin Street on either side of the I-95 corridor.

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

Travel Advisory update

The following has been added to the RIDOT Travel Advisories web page at http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp



Interstate Highway Restrictions

» Weekday

Providence: Exit 2 (India St.) from I-195 EB closed for construction, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Detour: Take Exit 5 (Warren Ave.) and use on-ramp to I-195 WB. Take Exit 3 to Gano St.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

RIDOT closing bridge on Hopkinton-Richmond line for flood repair


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is closing the First Barberville Bridge this afternoon. The bridge carries Arcadia Road over the Wood River on the Hopkinton-Richmond line. A recent inspection found damage related to the intense flooding conditions this past March.

The bridge will be closed for approximately two weeks for repairs. Some areas of the river bottom around the bridge’s abutments were undermined by the swift currents during the flood. This bridge – along with all spans across major rivers in Rhode Island – was continuously monitored during the floods in March for any sign of deterioration. The bridge showed no visual signs of deterioration at that time or as the flood waters receded.

During the bridge repair, motorists will be directed to use a signed detour using Skunk Hill Road, Route 3 (Nooseneck Hill Road) and Route 165 (Ten Rod Road).

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

Media reminder: Additional changes to City streets taking place tomorrow as part of the Iway project

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists of changes scheduled to take place tomorrow to city streets in Providence as a result of the Iway project. These changes will impact both drivers and pedestrians along Pine Street and Friendship Street in the Upper South Providence neighborhood.

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 21, 2010, RIDOT will permanently reverse the direction of Pine Street and Friendship Street, one-way roads that connect Broad Street to Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street at the I-95 corridor. The changes are necessary to align Friendship Street with the direction of travel on the new Clifford Street Bridge, which RIDOT opened last week.

A future extension of Clifford Street, to be built in 2012 in the path of the old I-195 highway, will also connect to these roads and provide a direct one-way route from the Downcity and Jewelry District areas to South Providence and the R.I. hospitals area.

In conjunction with these changes, RIDOT will be removing the traffic signal at the intersection of Broad Street and Pine Street. A new signal has been installed one block south at the intersection of Broad Street and Friendship Street. New signals have also been installed at Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street and Friendship Street and at Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street and Point Street.

The traffic pattern changes for tomorrow, October 21 are as follows:

Current:

• Friendship Street: One-way eastbound toward the I-95 corridor • Pine Street: One-way westbound toward Broad Street • Summer Street: One-way northbound from Friendship Street to Pine Street

New:

• Friendship Street: One-way westbound toward Broad Street • Pine Street: One-way eastbound toward the I-95 corridor • Summer Street: Two-way from Friendship Street to Pine Street

RIDOT has worked with a neighborhood group called SWAP, Inc. to help inform the community of these changes. RIDOT has participated in two public workshops and distributed maps of the changes in both English and Spanish throughout the area. Copies of all maps also are available on RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov.

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

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 x4007The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists of changes scheduled to take place tomorrow to city streets in Providence as a result of the Iway project. These changes will impact both drivers and pedestrians along Pine Street and Friendship Street in the Upper South Providence neighborhood.

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 21, 2010, RIDOT will permanently reverse the direction of Pine Street and Friendship Street, one-way roads that connect Broad Street to Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street at the I-95 corridor. The changes are necessary to align Friendship Street with the direction of travel on the new Clifford Street Bridge, which RIDOT opened last week.

A future extension of Clifford Street, to be built in 2012 in the path of the old I-195 highway, will also connect to these roads and provide a direct one-way route from the Downcity and Jewelry District areas to South Providence and the R.I. hospitals area.

In conjunction with these changes, RIDOT will be removing the traffic signal at the intersection of Broad Street and Pine Street. A new signal has been installed one block south at the intersection of Broad Street and Friendship Street. New signals have also been installed at Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street and Friendship Street and at Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street and Point Street.

The traffic pattern changes for tomorrow, October 21 are as follows:

Current:

• Friendship Street: One-way eastbound toward the I-95 corridor • Pine Street: One-way westbound toward Broad Street • Summer Street: One-way northbound from Friendship Street to Pine Street

New:

• Friendship Street: One-way westbound toward Broad Street • Pine Street: One-way eastbound toward the I-95 corridor • Summer Street: Two-way from Friendship Street to Pine Street

RIDOT has worked with a neighborhood group called SWAP, Inc. to help inform the community of these changes. RIDOT has participated in two public workshops and distributed maps of the changes in both English and Spanish throughout the area. Copies of all maps also are available on RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov.

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

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, October 18, 2010

Iway exit closure update

Tonight’s overnight closure of Exit 20 (I-195) from I-95 South has been postponed to Tuesday night due to forecasted temperatures too cold for paving.



However, RIDOT plans to close the on-ramp from South Main Street to I-195 East tonight at 9 p.m. for construction. Follow signed detour using Point Street to Allens Avenue.



All closure information will be updated at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp



All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

Woodville-Alton Road in Hopkinton reopening

By 5 p.m. today, RIDOT will reopen Woodville-Alton Road south of Lindhbrook Country Club in Hopkinton following flood damage repair.

Exit closure change

Last night’s scheduled closing of Exit 20 (I-195) from I-95 South was postponed and is scheduled for this evening pending suitable weather for paving.


Up-to-date schedule information will be posted at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp

Friday, October 15, 2010

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for October 16-22, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHI8

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Additional Changes to City Streets Planned as Part of the Iway Project

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced further changes taking place to city streets in Providence next week as a result of the Iway project. These changes will impact both drivers and pedestrians along Pine Street and Friendship Street in the Upper South Providence neighborhood.

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, RIDOT will permanently reverse the direction of Pine Street and Friendship Street, one-way roads that connect Broad Street to Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street at the I-95 corridor. The changes are necessary to align Friendship Street with the direction of travel on the new Clifford Street Bridge, which RIDOT opened yesterday.

A future extension of Clifford Street, to be built in 2012 in the path of the old I-195 highway, will also connect to these roads and provide a direct one-way route from the Downcity and Jewelry District areas to South Providence and the R.I. hospitals area.

“We understand these changes will take some time for people to get used to,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “Just as with the highway changes over the past several years, the end result of these changes will be traffic patterns that are more orderly and easier for drivers to use as they move from one area of the city to another.”

In conjunction with these changes, RIDOT will be removing the traffic signal at the intersection of Broad Street and Pine Street. A new signal has been installed one block south at the intersection of Broad Street and Friendship Street. New signals have also been installed at Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street and Friendship Street and at Service Road No. 7/West Franklin Street and Point Street.

The traffic pattern changes for October 21 are as follows:

Current:

• Friendship Street: One-way eastbound toward the I-95 corridor • Pine Street: One-way westbound toward Broad Street • Summer Street: One-way northbound from Friendship Street to Pine Street

New:

• Friendship Street: One-way westbound toward Broad Street • Pine Street: One-way eastbound toward the I-95 corridor • Summer Street: Two-way from Friendship Street to Pine Street

RIDOT has worked with a neighborhood group called SWAP, Inc. to help inform the community of these changes. RIDOT has participated in two public workshops and distributed maps of the changes in both English and Spanish throughout the area. Copies of all maps also are available on RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov.

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

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 x. 4007

RIDOT Opens Next Segment of the Coventry Greenway

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) opened the newest segment of the Coventry Greenway following a ribbon cutting ceremony on the path this morning. The path connects two existing bike paths to form a continuous 14.2-mile bikeway, making it the second-longest bike path in Rhode Island.

This 1.6-mile path lies in the eastern portion of Coventry, from Station Street to Whitford Street, close to the West Warwick line. To the west, the new path connects to an existing 2.7-mile bike path built by the Town of Coventry in the late 1990s and runs from Station Street to the area of Town Farm Road. To the east, the new path connects to a 9.9-mile network of three paths built by RIDOT in the mid 2000s from Whitford Street to Cranston Street in Cranston, not far from the Providence line.

“This is a very significant piece because it fills in a missing link between two bikeways,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “Combined these paths provide a bona fide alternative to driving a car so people can bike or walk to school, work, or any other destination.”

The path was designed by the engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill of Providence and built by J.H. Lynch of Cumberland at a cost of $1.6 million.

Collectively, the individual bike paths – the Coventry Greenway, the West Warwick Greenway, the Warwick Bike Path and the Cranston Bike Path – are known as the Washington Secondary Bike Path. They all exist on the Washington Secondary rail corridor of the former Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad, which ceased most operations in 1968 with all freight service discontinued by 1985.

At 14.2 miles in length, the Washington Secondary is now only second to the East Bay Bike Path (14.5 miles long) for the title of the longest bike path in Rhode Island.

“The Coventry Greenway is a tremendous asset for our town,” Coventry Town Council President Raymond E. Spear said. “This new path builds on that asset and we look forward to future expansion in the coming years.”

RIDOT and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are working collaboratively on design plans to extend the path further west along the abandoned rail line as far west as the Connecticut border. No firm dates for construction have been selected, but the goal is to extend the bikeway in two phases on a segment of the former rail corridor known as the Trestle Trail. The first phase, about 5 miles from Town Farm Road to Log Bridge Road, could begin in late 2011 or early 2012. The second phase, another 5 miles from Log Bridge Road to the Connecticut border, could begin in late 2012 or early 2013.

RIDOT also has under design another contract to make improvements on the original Coventry Greenway segment from Station Street to Town Farm Road, including the addition of an equestrian path adjacent to the existing bike path, a spur from the Coventry Public Library and Coventry Town Hall, fencing, signing, parking lots, and other amenities. A shade platform and a handicapped-accessible canoe launch are also planned for the bikeway near the intersection of Pilgrim Avenue and Laurel Avenue. The Department’s goal is to begin this project in mid 2011.

The new Coventry Greenway segment and the other paths that comprise the Washington Secondary Bike Path follow the route of the East Coast Greenway, a proposed 3,000-mile bike path from Maine to Florida. Rhode Island is a leader among East Coast states in getting its segments of the East Coast Greenway built. The East Coast Greenway will also follow the Blackstone River Bikeway as it travels north toward Massachusetts.

“The East Coast Greenway Alliance, spearheading development of a 3,000-mile trail connecting cities of the eastern seaboard, congratulates RIDOT and the Town of Coventry for completing the Coventry Greenway,” noted Eric Weis, Trail Program Coordinator and New England Trail Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. “Completion of this path gives local users a great route to West Warwick, Warwick and Cranston, and as part of the East Coast Greenway, people can step onto the path and head in one direction to get to Providence, Boston, or Canada or head the other way to reach New York, Washington D.C., or Key West.”

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

RIDOT closing rural road in Coventry for flood repair


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is closing a portion of a local road in Coventry in order to repair a culvert damaged by the flooding in March.

The closure will affect Maple Valley Road in western Coventry and will remain in effect through October 22, 2010.

During the flood repair, motorists will need to follow a detour using Hammet Road or Franklin Road and Route 117 (Flat River Road). Motorists heading west on Route 117 who normally use Town Farm Road to reach Maple Valley Road should consider remaining on Route 117 and using Franklin Road or Route 102 (Victory Highway) depending on their destination on Maple Valley Road.

This project is one of more than 300 locations throughout the state that RIDOT is working on to repair damage caused by the historic flooding this spring. All flood repair projects are being fast-tracked to minimize the duration of road or lane closures.

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

RIDOT to Open Next Segment of Coventry Greenway

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow, Thursday, October 14 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the opening of the next segment of the Coventry Greenway.

This 1.6-mile path lies in the eastern portion of Coventry. The path connects two existing bike paths to form a continuous 14.2-mile bikeway. The Coventry Greenway, the West Warwick Greenway, the Warwick Bike Path and the Cranston Bike Path are collectively known as the Washington Secondary Bike Path. The path is now the second-longest bike path in Rhode Island behind the 14.5-mile East Bay Bike Path. The path is also part of the route of the East Coast Greenway, a proposed 3,000 mile bike path from Maine to Florida.

The dedication event will take place at the Station Street crossing of the bike path, not far from Route 117 (Main Street). Scheduled to speak at the event are RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis, Coventry Town Council President Raymond E. Spear, Coventry Parks and Recreation Director Guy L. Lefebvre, and Eric Weis, Trail Program Coordinator and New England Trail Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

Parking

Ample parking is available at Paine Field, approximately ¼ mile west of the event location. Limited parking is available at the Station Street crossing. Those wishing to ride their bicycles to the event should park at Paine Field.

Directions to Bikeway Dedication:

From Providence to Paine Field: I-95 South to Exit 7. Turn right at the end of the ramp, stay in right lane and proceed to second traffic light. Turn Left onto Arnold Road. Follow approximately 2 miles through traffic light at Route 3 (Tiogue Avenue) and go straight onto Route 33 (Sandy Bottom Road). Turn left onto Route 117 West. Pass through two traffic lights and turn right at Ken Ray Drive and the entrance to Paine Field and the Coventry Recreation and Community Center. Follow a short path behind the ball fields to the Coventry Greenway. Turn right and walk to the event site at the Station Street Crossing.

From Providence to Station Street Crossing: Follow directions above to Route 117 West. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Station Street. Parking is available at two small lots at the bike path crossing.

Cycling to the event via the Washington Secondary Bike Path: From points north and east, follow the Cranston Bike Path, Warwick Bike Path, West Warwick Greenway or Coventry Greenway (collectively known as the Washington Secondary Bike Path) south to the Station Street Crossing. From points west, follow the Coventry Greenway or Route 117 east to Abbotts Crossing Road. Follow the bikeway behind DeCiantis Ice Cream to the Station Street Crossing.

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

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Traffic Advisory: I-195 ramp to close overnight for Iway paving

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be closing Exit 20 (I-195 East) on I-95 South tonight during the overnight hours as part of a resurfacing operation on I-95.

The ramp for Exit 20 may be partially closed after 8 p.m. with the full closure expected to take place after 11 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, October 12, 2010. All lanes will be reopened by the morning commute tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13. Another closure is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 17, with the same schedule as Tuesday night’s closure.

RIDOT has been closing lanes on a regular basis since mid-summer for resurfacing of both I-95 and I-195 as part of the Iway project.

Traffic bound for I-195 East should follow a signed detour using Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). There, drivers can reverse direction and use Exit 19 from I-95 North to reach I-195 East.

Motorists should expect delays during this operation and may wish to consider alternate routes.

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.

Reminder: Iway changes beginning tomorrow



The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists of traffic changes taking place this week in Providence as part of the Iway project. This is the first of many changes this fall regarding the opening of new roads, bridges and on- and off-ramps.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, RIDOT will open a new bridge spanning I-95 in the area of Friendship Street. The new Clifford Street Bridge will carry one-way traffic westbound, and help improve travel through the city with another crossing over the I-95 corridor.

At the same time the new Clifford Street Bridge opens, RIDOT will be changing the traffic pattern on the nearby Point Street overpass from two-way travel to one-way eastbound toward Davol Square. Both bridges connect to service roads that run parallel to I-95. The southbound service road is known as Service Road No. 7 and the northbound service road is called Service Road No. 8. These will be renamed and signed as West Franklin Street and East Franklin Street, respectively.

Both service roads and the Clifford Street Bridge and Point Street overpass will function as a circulator for traffic entering and exiting I-95 as well for east-west movements between the West End, South Providence and R.I. hospitals area and the Jewelry District and Downcity areas.

In conjunction with the opening of the Clifford Street Bridge tomorrow, RIDOT will open a new ramp from Point Street to I-95 North. Last year RIDOT opened a ramp from I-95 North to Point Street and later this year the final ramp in this area, Point Street to I-95 South, is scheduled to open.

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

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

RIDOT getting ready for demolition of the remainder of the old Jamestown Bridge

Those driving on Route 138 near the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge, residents who live nearby or boaters in Narragansett Bay will notice activity this week around the remaining portion of the old Jamestown Bridge – a sign that demolition will soon begin.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has awarded a $961,000 contract to Reagan Construction Corporation of Middletown to remove the trestle portion of the old bridge extending into the Bay from the North Kingstown shore. The 1,600-foot span is all that remains of the 70-year-old bridge which was replaced by the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge in 1992.

Among the first steps in the demolition process is the placement of buoys around the perimeter of the old bridge, creating a 200-foot area in which boating will be prohibited. After all buoys are installed, additional information about the no-boating area will be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

RIDOT is reviewing final plans with the contractor prior to beginning demolition of the bridge. The Department does not have a firm date for this work to begin, but expects it to start in mid to late November. Once demolition begins, the work will take approximately three months and will continue through the winter if weather permits. The contract will conclude in the spring with minor site work and drainage work.

Unlike the demolition of the old Jamestown in 2006 which used controlled explosives, this phase of demolition will not involve any detonations. The bridge will be removed mechanically with cranes and other equipment from barges and/or the old bridge itself. RIDOT does not expect any phase of this work to result in any closures of Route 138 or the Jamestown-Verrazzano Bridge, as was the case with the explosive demolition four years ago.

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, October 8, 2010

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for October 9-15, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

RIDOT closing rural road in Hopkinton for flood repair


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is closing a portion of a local road in Hopkinton next week in order to repair a culvert damaged by the intense flooding in March.

The closure will affect Woodville-Alton Road, south of Lindhbrook Country Club. It will begin on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 and remain in place for approximately one week.

During the flood repair, motorists will need to follow a detour using Woodville Road and Route 3 (Nooseneck Hill Road/Main Street). Primary access to the golf course, which follows Woodville-Alton Road from Exit 2 on I-95, will not be affected.

This project is one of more than 300 locations throughout the state that RIDOT is working on to repair damage caused by the historic flooding this spring. All flood repair projects are being fast-tracked to minimize the duration of road or lane closures.

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, October 7, 2010

Iway changes in the air this fall - Changes to city streets announced

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that a number of changes will be taking place this fall in Providence as a result of the Iway project. The changes include the opening of new roads, bridges and on and off ramps and represent some of the final traffic changes related to the project.

The first change motorists will encounter is the opening of a new bridge spanning I-95 in the area of Friendship Street, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13, 2010. The new Clifford Street Bridge will carry one-way traffic westbound, and help improve travel through the city with another crossing over the I-95 corridor.

At the same time the new Clifford Street Bridge opens, RIDOT will be changing the traffic pattern on the nearby Point Street overpass from two-way travel to one-way eastbound toward Davol Square. Both bridges connect to service roads that run parallel to I-95.

Presently, the southbound service road is known as Service Road No. 7 and the northbound service road is called Service Road No. 8. These will be renamed and signed as West Franklin Street and East Franklin Street, respectively.

Both service roads and the Clifford Street Bridge and Point Street overpass will function as a circulator for traffic entering and exiting I-95 as well for east-west movements between the West End, South Providence and R.I. hospitals area and the Jewelry District and Downcity areas.

“We have seen improved travel times and reduced congestion on I-95 and I-195 as part of the Iway project,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “These next steps will help improve traffic flow in the city and make it easier for motorists to get on and off I-95 in Providence.”

In conjunction with the opening of the Clifford Street Bridge on October 13, RIDOT will open a new ramp from Point Street to I-95 North. Last year RIDOT opened a ramp from I-95 North to Point Street and later this year the final ramp in this area, Point Street to I-95 South, is scheduled to open.

Many other changes are planned for the remainder of 2010 associated with the Iway. These include new ramps to the R.I. hospitals area and additional changes to city streets near the I-95 corridor. Additionally, RIDOT expects demolition of the old I-195 highway to begin later this year.

All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

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

RIDOT Anticipates Saving $600,000 Annually by Expanding Lighting Curfew

Effective Thursday, October 14, 2010, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be expanding its overhead lighting curfew by shutting off highway lighting on Route 37 in Cranston and Warwick. The Department earlier last month turned off the overhead lighting on Route 44 at I-295 in Smithfield. The lighting curfew is expected to save the State $600,000 annually.

“Our reduced overhead lighting tests done over the spring and summer have gone very well as we have achieved significant cost and environmental savings,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “The Department has decided to expand the lighting curfew and will continue to monitor it should the need arise to make any adjustments.”

RIDOT already has timers in all of the overhead lighting on Route 4 between Exit 8 in East Greenwich and Route 1 in North Kingstown, all of Route 403 between East Greenwich and North Kingstown, and on Route 6 from Hartford Avenue in Providence up to and including its link with I-295 at Exit 6 in Johnston.

New lighting timers are located at Post Road and Route 37 in Warwick, Pontiac Avenue and Route 37 in Cranston, and Route 2 and Route 37 in Warwick. The overhead lights on these roadways will be off from midnight to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

As RIDOT continues to evaluate its lighting system, more overhead highway lights are expected to be shut off on additional State roadways before the end of the year. Turning these lights off during the late night and early morning hours when traffic volumes are very low has been an energy saving step to both reduce light pollution and electrical costs as the State works to preserve the limited funding that is available to maintain its transportation infrastructure.

Contact: Heidi Gudmundson (401) 222-1362 x. 4009

Friday, October 1, 2010

RIDOT Travel Forecast

RIDOT Travel Forecast for October 2-8, 2010 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

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