Friday, September 30, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for October 1-7, 2011, is available at
RIDOT to reopen center channel under the Sakonnet River Bridge.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will reopen the center channel under the old Sakonnet River Bridge this weekend. RIDOT will move construction barges from the center channel by 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, October 1, 2011. The U.S. Coast Guard expects to have all navigational markers in place... by Sunday, October 2, restoring boat traffic under the bridge.

RIDOT closed the center channel under the bridge on September 10 due to the presence of numerous barges and cranes that were used to set steel beams for the new Sakonnet River Bridge. The Coast Guard established a temporary channel to allow passage of most vessels during this phase of construction.

Please see: for more information.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation

RIDOT urges commuters to plan extra time for Monday commuteThe Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is urging motorists to allow additional time in both their morning and afternoon commutes on Monday, October 3, 2011 in the Providence metropolitan area because of an event at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The one-day Get Motivated Business Seminar scheduled to take place on Monday is ...expected to cause significant delays on the highways and city streets in Providence, as the start and end times of this event coincide with the busiest travel times of the day in the Providence area. Parking in garages, surface lots and on city streets may be limited as well.
Please see: for more information.
RIDOT to open final Iway ramp .
Please see:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I-95 North Welcome Center to permanently close

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) along with the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) will be permanently closing the I-95 North Welcome Center today, Thursday, September 29, 2011. The facility, located between exits 2 and 3 on the Interstate, is being closed due to a lack of funds and changes in tourism trends nationwide.

RIDOT budgets $400,000 annually for the Welcome Center. RIEDC operates the facility. RIDOT has many expenses and can no longer continue paying for the center.

The Welcome Center is not used the way it once was. When it opened in 1989, travelers would pick up informational brochures and maps as well as get directions. The Internet and GPS devices have replaced these more outdated approaches to getting information. Today the Center is mainly used as a place to rest or find a bathroom and that can be done at other locations. Exit 3 (Route 138) has many gas stations, restaurants and convenience stores close to the highway interchange. Additionally, a large truck stop is located at Exit 5B (Route 102) in West Greenwich.

Currently the building is open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parking lot is open 24/7.

“RIDOT Maintenance personnel will close off access with Jersey barrier after the area permanently closes,” said Michael P. Lewis, RIDOT’s Director.

RIEDC will let three full time and three part time employees go. They will be eligible for unemployment and job placement assistance from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.


Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362 x4007 Judy Chong, RI EDC, 401-278-9100 x169

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekapaug Bridge in Westerly closing for repairs.
Please see the press release:
and detour map

Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for September 24-30, 2011, is available at

Thursday, September 22, 2011

RIDOT publishes new statewide bike map

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that the latest edition of the statewide bicycling map, Guide to Cycling in the Ocean State 2011-2012, is now available.

The new bike map highlights more than 50 miles of off-road bikeways across Rhode Island’s network of eight major bike paths. The map includes RIDOT’s newest bike paths such as the 2.5-mile Quonset Bike Path and the 1-mile Warren Bike Path, and new bike path segments on the Blackstone River Bikeway, the Coventry Greenway (part of the Washington Secondary Bike Path) and the William C. O’Neill (South County) Bike Path. Designated parking lots for each path are also indicated on the map.

For experienced on-road cyclists, the map highlights hundreds of miles of roads marked as suitable and most suitable for cycling. The map also provides valuable information about steep grades and the direction of the uphill and downhill segments along these roads.

“RIDOT takes great pride in supporting the bicycling community and we’re hoping all cyclists will pick up a copy of the map to take with them on their next ride,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said.

The map is printed on a synthetic paper that is waterproof and tear resistant, and can be unfolded and refolded hundreds of times without ripping. This recyclable map was printed with environmentally-friendly vegetable oil inks. All scrap material leftover from printing was reground and extruded into material to make park benches and decking.

Copies of the Guide to Cycling in the Ocean State 2011-2012 are available by completing an online request form at or by contacting RIDOT’s Customer Service either by e-mail ( or by phone (401-222-2450). In addition, the map can be viewed or downloaded through the RIDOT web site at:

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Seat Check Saturday

RIDOT is supporting the efforts of the Rhode Island Safe Kids Coalition, which is hosting "Seat Check Saturday" on September 24. Parents can visit the Kohl's at Smithfield Crossing in Smithfield from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to ask questions or have their car seat checked by a certified technician.

Child Passenger Safety Week chat

Ask your child safety questions on Twitter today at 2 p.m. ET. Safety experts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA will answer questions in a live virtual discussion. Follow @childseatsafety and send your questions using #cpsweek.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Concerned your child’s car seat is not the right fit for your child? Roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly. Call a safety technician in your area and find out: View the R.I. laws that protect children:
Car crashes are the leading cause of death among children 4 to 14. The appropriate restraint can reduce that risk as much as 71%, so don't skip a step. When your child is between 4 and 8 years old, use a booster seat! Find out more:

Friday, September 16, 2011

RIDOT to reduce travel lanes on Orms Street Bridge over I-95

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to reduce the number of travel lanes on the Orms Street Bridge in Providence, from Park Street to Douglas Avenue, from four lanes to two lanes beginning on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at approximately 8 p.m. RIDOT will maintain one lane of travel in each direction on the bridge over I-95 at all times.

RIDOT will begin demolition and reconstruction of the southern half of the 47-year-old bridge next week. By reducing the number of travel lanes and shifting them to the north, the Department can replace the bridge without closing it. With the new lane configuration, motorists may encounter delays, particularly during the afternoon rush hour.

The two-lane configuration will remain in place until Spring 2012. At that time, RIDOT will shift the two-lane configuration onto the new section of the Orms Street Bridge and then demolish and replace the northern half of the structure. The original four-lane traffic pattern will be re-established in Spring 2013. The northern end of Park Street where it meets Orms Street will remain closed until the end of the project in Summer 2013.

In the coming weeks, motorists can expect overnight lane closures on I-95 North and South. During this work, RIDOT also may temporarily close Exit 23 (State Offices) overnight but will keep at least one lane of travel open on the ramp to Route 146. Motorists who normally use the State Office exit should follow a detour using Route 146 North to the Branch Avenue exit, turning right onto Branch Avenue, right onto Charles Street and right to return to Orms Street. RIDOT’s Travel Advisories website,, will have detailed information about scheduled lane closures.

The Orms Street Bridge Safety Improvement Project began in early August. It involves full bridge deck replacement and rehabilitation of the remaining structure, installation of new fencing, installation of new roadway joints, sidewalk replacement, and preparing and repainting existing structural steel.

Through a $4.6 million contract with Cardi Corporation, the project also includes roadway improvements to Orms Street, such as resurfacing, resetting of granite curb, installation of signing and pavement markings, and the installation of video detection equipment at the traffic signals. This equipment will replace the current loop detectors and will help to better manage traffic flow.

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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Woonasquatucket River Bikeway

A portion of the Woonasquatucket River Bikeway has been closed for utility work. Please see .

Friday, September 9, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for September 10-16, 2011, is available at

Thursday, September 8, 2011

RIDOT to close School Street Exit on I-95 North as part of Pawtucket River Bridge Project

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to close I-95 North Exit 28 (School Street) in Pawtucket on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The closure is necessary to allow for construction of a bridge structure that will temporarily service traffic on I-95 North during the construction of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.

The closure will occur after 9 p.m. on Sunday and be in place for approximately eight weeks. This will allow the Department to complete work as quickly as possible. Once Exit 28 reopens, additional work remains before RIDOT can temporarily shift all of the I-95 North traffic to the bridge in Winter 2011/2012.

The bridge now carrying I-95 North has an 18-ton weight limit, forcing trucks to use long detours via I-295 or Route 146, or local detours on city streets. With the opening of this new structure this winter, RIDOT will be able to eliminate the detour for I-95 North.

“We apologize for any disruption or delay that closing Exit 28 may cause,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “We want to eliminate the weight limit and get the truck traffic off the city streets as quickly as possible, and this closure will help us do that.”

RIDOT will establish signed detour routes using Exit 27 (Downtown) or Exit 29 (Broadway/Cottage Street). Detailed information, including detour maps, will be available at RIDOT’s website at

The Department has been coordinating with the City of Pawtucket to identify businesses and events that attract large volumes of traffic. Memorial Hospital, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Pawtucket Arts Festival are among them. Separate detour maps for those seeking to reach those destinations also will be available on the RIDOT website.

“We look forward to working with our friends from the Department of Transportation to make coming to playoff games at McCoy as convenient as possible for our fans,” said PawSox President Mike Tamburro.

Constructing a new Pawtucket River Bridge is a high priority for the Department. The bridge is being replaced through an $81 million contract with S&R Corporation/Pihl., Inc. The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2013. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The new bridge structure that will be under construction during the Exit 28 closure will remain in place as a service road that will carry on-ramp traffic from George Street and off-ramp traffic to a new Exit 28 to School Street. This new bridge will reduce congestion on I-95 North by providing additional lanes for on- and off-ramp traffic.

Motorists with questions can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information will be available on RIDOT’s website ( and its social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

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

Friday, September 2, 2011

Weekly Traffic Forecast

The RIDOT Weekly Traffic Forecast for September 3-9, 2011, is available at

First Barberville Bridge reopens

The First Barberville Bridge, located on Arcadia Road near the Hopkinton/Richmond town line, was reopened to traffic this morning. It was closed last year for flood repairs.

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