Friday, May 27, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for May 28 to June 3, 2011 is available at http://bit.ly/bMWHI8.

Governor, RIDOT and others discuss high-speed rail

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and the Rhode Island Congressional delegation joined RIDOT officials at Kingston Station today to discuss the $28 million Federal grant awarded to the State for high-speed rail improvements. Please see http://1.usa.gov/jmjhiI for more information.
RIDOT posting East Providence’s East Shore Expressway Bridge over Warren Avenue at 17 tons. Please see:

RIDOT Reminds Motorists to Buckle up Over Memorial Day Holiday

Buckle up for safety this holiday weekend. It's the easiest way to protect yourself and your loved ones while driving.

Friday, May 20, 2011

RIDOT closing Route 146 overnight on Sunday



The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it will temporarily close Route 146 North and South in Lincoln during the overnight hours on Sunday, May 22, 2011 for construction on the Wilbur Road Bridge. The closures are needed due to the placement of concrete on the new structure spanning Route 146.

RIDOT expects to fully close Route 146 North at approximately 10 p.m. Closure of the southbound lanes of Route 146 will follow as concrete is placed east-to-west on the new bridge. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. the following day. Motorists can expect delays, especially at the beginning of the closure period, and may wish to seek alternate routes.

Due to the highway closure, RIDOT also will close the Wilbur Road on-ramp to Route 146 North, the Sherman Avenue on-ramp to Route 146 North, the Route 246 (Old Louisquisset Pike) on-ramp to Route 146 South, and the Breakneck Hill Road on-ramp to Route 146 North.

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:

Route 146 North

• All traffic will be required to use the Route 123 (Breakneck Hill Road) exit

• Turn left at the end of the ramp

• Turn right onto Route 246 North

• Follow Route 246 to the Route 116 (George Washington Highway) interchange

• Turn left and follow to Route 116 East

• After passing under the Route 146 overpass, turn left for the on-ramp to return to Route 146 North

Route 146 South

• All traffic will be required to use the Route 116/Route 246 exit

• Bear left at the split on the ramp

• At the stop sign, proceed straight onto Route 246 South

• Follow Route 146 to Route 123 (called Jencks Hill Road)

• Turn left, and then take the first left for the on-ramp to return to Route 146 South

Reconstruction of the Wilbur Road Bridge is a part of a larger project that included resurfacing of Route 146 from south of the Sherman Avenue exit to the area of the Route 116 interchange. While the resurfacing work wrapped up last year, the bridge reconstruction will continue until this summer. The $8.2 million project is being built by D’Ambra Construction and is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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 hires 80 summer interns

Eighty college students will begin their summer internships at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation on Monday. Please see http://www.ri.gov/DOT/press/view.php?id=13887 for more information.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hands On And Classroom Activities Show High Schoolers How To Be Engineers. Please see: http://1.usa.gov/jX7jxt

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

FHWA Administrator in RI to discuss “Every Day Counts” Program with RIDOT Director. Please see: http://1.usa.gov/jQge8F

Friday, May 13, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for May 14-20, 2011, is now available at http://bit.ly/bMWHI8.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

RIDOT closing portions of city streets near I-95 in Pawtucket

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it will close portions of city streets in Pawtucket beginning on Monday, May 16, 2011 as part of the Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement Project. These closures will remain in effect until Spring 2012.

As part of the contract to replace the Pawtucket River Bridge, RIDOT is rehabilitating other bridges near the I-95 corridor. The first of these involve two bridges carrying city streets over I-95. Garden Street, which is a one-way road southbound, will be closed completely. The northbound half of the nearby George Street Bridge will be closed and only southbound traffic will be allowed to pass.

Partly due to the number of one-way streets in the area, the detour routes require several turns to get around closed areas. These new closures also will affect established detours that have been in place since this past winter. Taft Street and Pleasant Street at the I-95 overpass will remain closed until mid-2013.

RIDOT will post turn-by-turn directions and detour maps for all affected roads on its website at www.dot.ri.gov. Signed detours will be established. Access to local businesses will be maintained.

“In terms of traffic disruptions for the City, we are entering into one of the more challenging phases of the project,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “The Department urges motorists to familiarize themselves with the detour routes and allow additional time to reach their destination.”

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 late Spring 2012 to enable the Department to 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. 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.

Detour Information

Garden Street

Garden Street Southbound: Turn right on Cedar Street and then turn left onto Main Street. Cross over the highway, take the first left onto Pearl Street and follow to return to Garden Street.

George Street

George Street Northbound: Turn left onto Grace Street and then turn right onto Pine Street. Follow Pine Street over the highway and take a right onto Church Street. Follow Church Street to reach Park Place (George Street becomes Park Place north of the highway).

Pleasant Street

Pleasant Street Northbound: Turn left onto Grace Street. Make a quick left onto George Street and a quick right to continue along Grace Street. Take the next right onto Pine Street. After crossing over the highway, take a right onto Church Street. Turn right onto Park Place and take an immediate left onto East Avenue Extension. Take the next right to return to 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, turn left onto Grace Street and follow to the intersection with Pleasant Street.

Taft Street

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. Turn left onto Grace Street and then take the next right onto Pine Street. After crossing over the highway, take a right onto Church Street. Turn right onto Park Place and take an immediate left onto East Avenue Extension. Turn right onto Pleasant Street and take the next left onto Jenks Way to return to 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.

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

Friday, May 6, 2011

RIDOT Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Traffic Forecast for May 7-13, 2011 is now available at: http://bit.ly/bMWHHW

Governor, RIDOT, RIPTA & others celebrate National Train Day at Wickford Junction Train Station

To celebrate National Train Day and highlight the progress made at the site of the future Wickford Junction Train Station in North Kingstown, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) gathered today to talk about Rhode Island’s newest commuter rail station.

To date, 15 percent of the garage’s precast pieces have been erected, 89 percent of the platform piers are in place, and 100 percent of the garage foundation is completed.

“When the Wickford Junction Train Station opens early next year commuters will have a green traffic-free alternative,” said Governor Chafee. “We can’t build our way out of congestion, but we can build a beautiful station that will make getting to Warwick, Providence, and Boston much easier.”

The Wickford Junction Train Station will expand Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail service south from Providence and Warwick to North Kingstown. An 800-foot train platform, a 1,100-space on-site parking garage, and new access off of Ten Rod Road (Route 102) are part of a design-build contract with Manafort Brothers, Inc. Amtrak is making $10 million worth of track and signal work improvements.

“When this station opens, 10 arrivals and 10 departures are expected each week day,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “The InterLink will see this increase in service this Fall so when the Wickford Junction Train Station is completed in early 2012, these train will simply continue south to the new station.”

The multi-modal InterLink stop at T.F. Green Airport opened in December 2010 and has become a hub for commuters headed to Boston. Connecting planes, trains, buses, and automobiles the facility is on target to meet its ridership projections once service is expanded.

Wickford Junction is also expected to be a multi-modal facility. Buses headed to points north could make this a new stop adding to the improved regional mobility.

“The commuter rail line and this station add to the mode choices available to Rhode Island residents… a total win for all commuters,” said RIPTA CEO Charles Odimgbe.

RIDOT broke ground for the Wickford Junction Train Station in August 2010. The Station was designed as a travel alternative to the heavily traveled southern corridor of I-95 and Route 4.

Commuter rail tickets from Wickford to Providence will cost $2.75 each way. Tickets between Wickford and Boston will cost $9.00 each way. The cost of driving and city parking is far greater.

According to Amtrak, National Train Day celebrates America’s love for trains with events across the country. This year, Amtrak is holding its festivities on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, D.C. Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago. It is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. Amtrak will not be stopping in Wickford as Kingston Station, a regular station stop, is approximately 8 miles away.

Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe 401-222-1362 x4450

Reminder: RIDOT closing South Water Street at old I-195 overpass for two consecutive weekends




The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists and pedestrians that continuing demolition of the old I-195 highway corridor in Providence will affect travel on the east side of the Providence River near South Water Street beginning tomorrow. This work, on two consecutive weekends, will require the closure of a portion of South Water Street and require detours for local traffic and traffic seeking access to I-195 East from the India Street on-ramp.

RIDOT intends to close the road between James Street and Point Street at 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, and reopen it before midnight on Sunday, May 8, 2011. The current schedule calls for this road to be closed again the following weekend, May 14-15, 2011. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The road will be closed to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, and will allow RIDOT to demolish old highway bridge structures in a quick and safe manner. The closure is the latest in a series of demolitions scheduled to take place this year in Providence as part of a $6.8 million Iway demolition contract. The Department anticipates the entire highway demolition project to conclude in late summer.

Detour routes will be established and well-marked with signs. Access to local businesses will be maintained. The detours are as follows:

Vehicular Detours to Reach I-195 East On-Ramp

Memorial Boulevard Southbound:

• Proceed straight at the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and South Water Street

• Follow onto Dyer Street

Memorial Boulevard Southbound (Continued):

• Stay straight as Dyer Street becomes Eddy Street

• Turn left onto Point Street; drive over the Point Street Bridge

• Turn right onto South Main Street and follow signs to I-195 East

Vehicular Detours for Local Traffic

South Water Street Southbound:

• Follow South Water Street toward old I-195 overpass

• Turn left onto James Street

• Cross South Main Street

• Turn right onto Benefit Street

• Turn left or right onto Wickenden Street, depending on destination

Pedestrian Detours

South Water Street Southbound:

• Follow South Water Street toward old I-195 overpass

• Turn left onto James Street

• Cross South Main Street

• Turn right onto South Main Street and use the sidewalk on the left side (facing oncoming traffic)

• Turn left or right onto Wickenden Street, depending on destination

Maps and turn-by-turn directions also are available on RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov.

During this project, RIDOT will demolish more than 3,500 feet of old I-195 and seven bridges. Former Iway contracts demolished an additional 1,500 feet of old highway. Old I-195 was built in the late 1950s and was officially closed in October 2009.

The demolition of old I-195 will open up about 35 acres of land for development. This includes about 20 acres of new parcels that will be used for private development, new parks along the waterfront and need city streets. It will also allow for the construction of a new bicycle/pedestrian bridge on the existing highway piers, which connects both sides of the Providence River at the newly proposed parks.

Those 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, May 5, 2011

Governor, RIDOT & RIPTA to celebrate National Train Day tomorrow, Friday, May 6

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, members of the Congressional delegation, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will gather at the construction site of Wickford Junction Train Station in North Kingstown tomorrow, Friday, May 6 at 2 p.m. to celebrate National Train Day.

Speakers will include Governor Chafee, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis, and RIPTA CEO Charles Odimgbe. Speakers will talk about the growing importance of commuter rail in Rhode Island and give a status update on the Wickford Junction Train Station project.

The Wickford Junction Train Station will expand Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail service south from Providence and Warwick to North Kingstown. An 800-foot train platform, a 1,100-space on-site parking garage, and new access off of Ten Rod Road (Route 102) are part of a design-build contract with Manafort Brothers, Inc. Amtrak is providing $7 million worth of track and signal work. The project is expected to be completed in early 2012.

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Contact: Dana Alexander Nolfe 401-222-1362 x4450

DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 South to Route 4 South to Exit 5A Wickford. Continue south on Route 102 through four traffic signals. The construction site will be on your left. Enter through the opening in the gate and park in the designated area.

ATTIRE: As this is an active work zone, flat closed-toe shoes are recommended.

Monday, May 2, 2011

RIDOT closing portion of South Water Street for two consecutive weekends

RIDOT is closing a portion of South Water Street at the old I-195 overpass for two consecutive weekends. See http://1.usa.gov/iY31vU for more information.

Lane closed on I-295 SB

The left lane on I-295 SB, from Exit 4 to Exit 3, will close for bridge repair on Monday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Expect delays.

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