Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for February 26 to March 4, 2011 is available at http://bit.ly/bMWHHW.

Friday, February 18, 2011

RIDOT Traffic Forecast for February 19-25, 2011. Please see: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

Monday, February 14, 2011

Portion of Pleasant Street closing as part of Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement Project

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it will close a section of Pleasant Street in Pawtucket tonight, Monday, February 14, 2011 as part of the Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement Project. This section of road will remain closed for approximately three years.

Due to the level of construction associated with building the new Pawtucket River Bridge, RIDOT must close Pleasant Street at the I-95 overpass, located between Division Street and Jenks Way. Signed detours will be established. Access to local businesses will be maintained.

This closure is one of many changes around the Pawtucket River Bridge motorists can expect during the bridge replacement project. RIDOT strongly encourages motorists to become familiar with the detour routes before they go into effect.

Partly due to the number of one-way streets in the area, the detour routes require several turns to get around closed areas. RIDOT will post turn-by-turn directions and detour maps on its website at www.dot.ri.gov. Motorists may encounter differing detour routes during this transition period due to roadwork on nearby Grace Street. The detours will not impact existing local detours for truck traffic.

For the Pleasant Street closure, the following long-term detours will be in effect:

Pleasant Street Northbound: Turn left onto Grace Street and then take the next right onto George Street, passing over I-95. Turn right onto East Avenue and follow to the intersection with Pleasant Street.

Pleasant Street Southbound: Turn left onto Jenks Way, and then turn left onto Roosevelt Avenue. Turn left onto Main Street and then take the first right onto High Street. At the intersection with Exchange Street, turn left. Follow Exchange Street (which becomes Goff Avenue) and take a left onto Dexter Street. Follow Dexter Street (which becomes Park Place West, then Park Place, then George Street), pass over I-95, and turn left onto Grace Street and follow to the intersection with Pleasant Street.

In early December, RIDOT closed a portion of Taft Street due to the I-95 bridge replacement project. The closure of Pleasant Street affects the detour routes that have been in effect for the past two months. The new detour routes are as follows:

Taft Street Northbound: Turn left on Tower Street and then turn right on East Avenue. Immediately after turning onto East Avenue, bear left at the split onto George Street. Follow George Street over I-95 and continue onto Park Place. Turn right onto East Avenue, turn right onto Pleasant Street, and then turn left onto Jenks Way and follow to intersection with Taft Street.

Taft Street Southbound: Turn right onto Jenks Way, and then turn right onto Pleasant Street (which becomes East Avenue, and then High Street). At the intersection with Exchange Street, turn left. Follow Exchange Street (which becomes Goff Avenue) and take a left onto Dexter Street. Follow Dexter Street (which becomes Park Place West, then Park Place, then George Street), pass over I-95, and turn left onto Grace Street. Turn right onto Pleasant Street and then turn left onto Spencer Street and follow to intersection with Taft Street.

Replacement of the Pawtucket River Bridge is a high priority for the Department. Through an $81 million contract with S&R Corporation/Pihl., Inc., RIDOT will replace the Pawtucket River Bridge. The bridge is composed of two structures that carry I-95 over the Seekonk River.

The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2013. Enough construction should be completed by Spring 2012, however, so the Department can shift traffic to new structures and eliminate the bridge’s 18-ton weight limit. RIDOT has an early incentive clause with its contractor, with a maximum bonus of $4.5 million, which could result in the weight limit being lifted even sooner.

The contract will result in the construction of three new structures, replacing each bridge carrying northbound and southbound on I-95, and building another bridge to help carry highway traffic during phased construction. This third bridge will be permanent, and will carry on- and off-ramps to George and School Streets when the project is finished.

This construction method will allow the Department to replace the Pawtucket River Bridge as quickly as possible with no loss of travel lanes on I-95. The extent of the work, however, will affect travel on city streets in Pawtucket.

Another series of road closures are planned this spring as RIDOT rehabilitates other bridges near the highway that are being addressed under this contract.

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

Friday, February 11, 2011

RIDOT Traffic Forecast for February 12-18, 2011.
Please see: http://bit.ly/bMWHI8

Friday, February 4, 2011

- TRAFFIC ADVISORY -

Overnight closures scheduled next week. Please see the press release: http://bit.ly/gC0HRc
RIDOT Traffic Forecast for February 5-11, 2011.
Please see: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

RIDOT warns of localized flooding and flash freeze of roads during evening commute

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is urging motorists to drive with extreme caution during the evening commute, as travel conditions will be difficult due to localized flooding and a predicted flash freeze of roadways as temperatures drop tonight.

RIDOT is busy clearing clogged and frozen drains this afternoon to alleviate localized flooding that has been occurring throughout Rhode Island since this morning. The Department is coordinating this effort with the assistance of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, the Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island National Guard.

All road surfaces will be treated with sand and salt, however any areas of running or standing water along roadways may freeze and can dilute deicing materials, making roadways more prone to freezing. Road conditions during this freezing period can be deceiving, and what appears as simply wet pavement may be freezing or frozen. Along with reducing speed, motorists need to allow greater stopping distances than normal when driving on wet roads.

“The combination of wet roads and quickly falling temperatures can make for treacherous conditions on the roads tonight,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “RIDOT will be clearing blocked drains and treating roads as best it can, but drivers need to reduce their speed, avoid distracting activities such as talking on a cell phone and exercise good judgment to ensure a safe and incident free drive home.”

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures to fall below freezing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., beginning in northern Rhode Island, as cold air filters into the State in the wake of the passing storm.

Some areas of Rhode Island may see a coating of snow during the evening and overnight hours, further complicating travel conditions. RIDOT will remain at full force in treating roads as conditions warrant.

Motorists with questions can contact RIDOT at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you need to report a roadway concern after business hours, call 401-222-2378. 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

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