Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Traffic Calming and Safety Improvements Continue at Elmwood Avenue Corridor.
Please see: http://1.usa.gov/ih6v3R

Monday, June 27, 2011

Traffic Advisory: Water Street Closure in Pawtucket

RIDOT to close section of Water Street in Pawtucket overnight. Please see http://1.usa.gov/mt9RJa for more information.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for June 25 to July 1, 2011, is available at http://bit.ly/bMWHHW.
Old I-195 demolition continues for second weekend affecting South Water Street in Providence. Please see : http://1.usa.gov/mtW0dm

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I-95 in South County to temporarily close during overnight hours

Traffic Advisory: I-95 In South County to temporarily close during overnight hours. Please see: http://1.usa.gov/jmRfiu.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for June 18-24, 2011, is available at http://bit.ly/bMWHI8.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Old I-195 demolition to affect South Water Street in Providence

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is continuing with its demolition of the old I-195 highway in Providence and next will be working in the area of South Water Street on the east side of the Providence River. Demolition activity over the next two weekends will mean partial road closures to allow for safe demolition of the old highway structures.

Beginning Saturday, June 18, 2011 at approximately 6 a.m., RIDOT will close one of two parallel service roads at the end of South Water Street that connect to Wickenden Street. Police officers will be positioned at key intersections to help motorists through the work zone.

Motorists may encounter delays, but will not have lengthy detours. At all times, RIDOT will keep one of the two service roads open to traffic while it is working on the other. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. Both roads will reopen by 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Concurrent with this work, RIDOT is demolishing a portion of the old highway over Chestnut Street. That closure, between Clifford Street and Friendship Street, will be in effect until Wednesday, June 29. Additionally, RIDOT is dismantling the old Providence River Bridge, but that activity does not require any road closures.

Under a $6.8 million Iway demolition contract, RIDOT will demolish more than 3,500 feet of old I-195 and seven bridges. The Department anticipates the entire highway demolition project to conclude in late summer.

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.

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

Friday, June 10, 2011

RIDOT closing Chestnut Street at old I-195 overpass for two weeks



The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to temporarily close Chestnut Street in Providence at the old I-195 overpass on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. This section of Chestnut Street, between Clifford Street and Friendship Street, must be closed to allow for safe demolition of the old highway bridge, part of a $6.8 million Iway demolition contract.

RIDOT intends to close the road at 6 a.m. on June 15 and reopen it approximately two weeks later on June 29. 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 the bridge in a quick and safe manner. The closure is the latest in a series of demolitions scheduled to take place this year in Providence. The Department anticipates the entire highway demolition project to conclude in late summer.

“We are nearing the end of road closures for Iway-related demolition,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “RIDOT would like to thank pedestrians and motorists for their patience as we complete this phase of the project.”

The Department waited until June to demolish this bridge structure due to the high level of pedestrian activity related to area colleges. Waiting until the colleges dismiss for the summer will help to mitigate the impacts of the road closure.

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 that will be used to build new streets throughout Providence. This includes about 20 acres of new parcels that will be used for private development and new parks along the waterfront. 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 newly proposed parks.

RIDOT has established detour routes for both vehicles and pedestrians for this closure. Access to local businesses will be maintained. Note that Chestnut Street is two-way only to the old I-195 overpass, and then merges into Friendship Street. The detours are as follows:

Vehicular Detours

Chestnut Street Northbound to Friendship Street: Turn right onto Elm Street, turn left onto Richmond Street, and turn right onto Friendship Street.

Chestnut Street Southbound: Turn left onto Friendship Street, turn right onto Dorrance Street. Follow Dorrance Street onto Dyer Street, which then becomes Eddy Street. Turn right onto Elm Street and follow to the intersection with Chestnut Street.

Clifford Street Eastbound to Friendship Street: Turn right onto Ship Street, turn left onto Richmond Street, and turn right onto Friendship Street.

Pedestrian Detours

Chestnut Street Northbound: Turn right onto Ship Street, turn left onto Richmond Street, turn left onto Friendship Street, and turn right onto Chestnut Street.

Chestnut Street Southbound: Turn left onto Friendship Street, turn right onto Richmond Street, and turn right onto Ship Street. Follow Ship Street to the intersection with Chestnut Street or turn left onto Elbow Street or Bassett Street, depending on destination.

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

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, June 9, 2011

Governor Chafee, RIDOT Break Ground on Waterfront Drive Project

Governor Chafee, RIDOT break ground on Waterfront Drive Project. Please see http://1.usa.gov/kyD7fR for more information.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

RIDOT to Temporarily Close Portion of I-95 During Overnight Hours in Pawtucket.
Please see: http://1.usa.gov/kH8CaW for more information.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

InterLink Wins Award

The InterLink Project in Warwick has been tapped for a national award. Please see http://www.ri.gov/DOT/press/view.php?id=14012.

Monday, June 6, 2011

RIDOT Expanding Overhead Lighting Curfew

RIDOT expanding overhead lighting curfew; estimated savings exceed $500,000. Please see http://1.usa.gov/l7xkcB.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for June 4-10, 2011, is available at http://bit.ly/bMWHHW.
RIDOT Survey Crews to Video Four Bike Paths Beginning Monday, June 6.
Please see : more information.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chafee, RIDOT stress importance of investing in state's bridges at Union Ave. bridge.
Please see: http://1.usa.gov/ieyW9S for more info.

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