Tuesday, March 27, 2012

RIDOT to change traffic patterns in downtown Bristol

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will temporarily change the traffic patterns on Hope Street and Thames Street in downtown Bristol to establish two one-way roads. The new traffic patterns are scheduled to go into effect on Monday, April 2, 2012, and motorists may encounter delays due to re-striping operations beginning at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, 2012.

The new traffic patterns will remain in place until the Hope Street Improvement Project is completed in late summer.

Although the project has been under construction since last summer, the remaining work, combined with the narrow roadway, would take longer and be more disruptive if the Department left Hope Street two-way during reconstruction. RIDOT estimates that the use of the one-way traffic patterns will reduce the duration of the project by nine months.

"Working in downtown areas is always challenging, but we feel our approach to the Hope Street project will allow us to complete the work in as short a time frame as possible," RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. "We apologize in advance for any inconvenience our operations may cause."

Through a $3 million contract with LAL Construction, the Department is replacing curbing and sidewalks, repairing drainage lines and catch basins, removing and replanting street trees, installing decorative lighting, and resurfacing the roadway along a 0.6-mile segment of Hope Street from Constitution Street to Thames Street.

Motorists traveling north on Hope Street (Route 114) will not be affected, although the roadway will be narrowed for one-way travel northbound and some on-street parking may not be available. Motorists heading south on Hope Street will bear right onto Thames Street, just south of Washington Street, and proceed along Thames, which temporarily will be a one-way road southbound. A map showing this new traffic pattern is available online on RIDOT's website at: www.dot.ri.gov/travelri/detourmaps.asp.

To offset the loss of parking on Hope Street, RIDOT will establish approximately 60 additional parking spaces along Thames Street, creating a net increase in the number of parking spots in downtown Bristol during this phase of the project. RIDOT has met and coordinated the implementation of these traffic pattern changes with the Town of Bristol and the Downtown Bristol Merchants Association.

RIDOT will further work to minimize impact by limiting the disturbed areas during sidewalk reconstruction. The Department's specifications require the contractor to maintain access to homes and business using planks, temporary steps or other measures.

The Department also has coordinated this change in traffic patterns with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), and will relocate Hope Street southbound bus stops to Thames Street.

To avoid any disruption to the Bristol Fourth of July Parade, all operations will be suspended and all sidewalks will be left in a safe and passable condition for a two-week period leading up to Independence Day and through the holiday.

Those 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 social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362, Ext. 4007

Monday, March 26, 2012

Reminder: Stillwater Viaduct closing tomorrow

RIDOT is closing Stillwater Viaduct tomorrow for a bridge rehabilitation project. Please see http://t.co/KDGh0zqT for more information.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Traffic Advisory: Stillwater Viaduct closing next week

RIDOT to close Stillwater Viaduct on Tuesday, March 27, for rehabilitation project. Please see http://1.usa.gov/GSWKyD.

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast for March 24-30, 2012 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp.

New traffic pattern on I-295 North in Lincoln and Cumberland goes into effect next week

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that a new traffic pattern on I-295 North on the Lincoln/Cumberland line will go into effect during the overnight hours on Thursday, March 29, into Friday, March 30, 2012. This change was expected to take place yesterday, but additional preparation work was needed before instituting the new traffic pattern.

RIDOT is reducing the number of travel lanes on I-295 in both directions between Exit 9 (Route 146) and Exit 10 (Route 122/Mendon Road) from three lanes to two lanes. Additionally, Exit 10 on I-295 North will be closed periodically and will not be accessible for trucks.

Construction work this week already closed one of the lanes on I-295 South.

This new traffic patterns are needed to maintain safe travel for motorists while the Department reconstructs the 690-foot long Blackstone Viaduct, which carries the Interstate over the Blackstone River, a Providence & Worcester Railroad line and a portion of the Blackstone Valley Bikeway. Only two lanes of travel in each direction will be available throughout the life of the project, which is expected to conclude in Fall 2013. This first phase of construction will wrap up this fall, and be followed by ongoing construction that will require additional traffic pattern changes. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The traffic pattern on I-295 North will feature a split-road formation with a single lane of traffic on the northbound bridge and the other on the southbound bridge. This traffic pattern will use a crossover lane in the median that RIDOT built last fall. Those wishing to take Exit 10 must use the right travel lane in order to take the off-ramp. All truck traffic will be directed to the left travel lane and therefore will need to follow the detour for Exit 10 closures.

Motorists will encounter daytime and overnight lane restrictions as RIDOT transitions to the new traffic pattern. Day-by-day closure information will be posted on RIDOT's Travel Advisories website at: www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories.

Exit 10 may be closed during overnight hours Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on Saturdays from 6-10 a.m. Closure information will be posted on RIDOT's Travel Advisories website at: www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories. The following is the detour route for trucks and for all vehicles during Exit 10 closures:

• Take Exit 11 (Route 114/Diamond Hill Road)

• Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Route 114 North

• After crossing over the highway, take the first left for the on-ramp to I-295 South

• Take Exit 10 to Route 122/Mendon Road

More information and detour maps will be available on RIDOT's website at: www.dot.ri.gov/construction/projects/blackstone_viaduct.

Users of the Blackstone River Bikeway may encounter closures where the bridge passes over the bike path. RIDOT will keep the path open as much as possible, but will need to close it for safety when working directly over the bikeway. The path would only be closed during working hours on weekdays, with the path reopened each afternoon. The path also would be open on weekends and holidays.

Through a $12.9 million bridge reconstruction contract with Cardi Corporation, RIDOT will replace the deck and make numerous other repairs on the 48-year-old span.

Those 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 social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362, Ext. 4007

Friday, March 16, 2012

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast for March 17-23, 2012 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

RIDOT to establish new traffic patterns on I-295 in Lincoln and Cumberland

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that beginning the week of March 18, 2012, motorists on I-295 will encounter a new traffic pattern with only two lanes of travel instead of three at the Blackstone Viaduct on the Lincoln/Cumberland line between Exit 9 (Route 146) and Exit 10 (Route 122/Mendon Road). Additionally, Exit 10 on I-295 North will be closed periodically and will not be accessible for trucks.

This new traffic pattern is needed to maintain safe travel for motorists while the Department reconstructs the 690-foot long Blackstone Viaduct, which carries the Interstate over the Blackstone River, a Providence & Worcester Railroad line and a portion of the Blackstone Valley Bikeway. Only two lanes of travel in each direction will be available throughout the life of the project, which is expected to conclude in Fall 2013. This first phase of construction will wrap up this fall, and be followed by ongoing construction that will require additional traffic pattern changes. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The traffic pattern also will feature a split-road formation with a single lane of traffic on the northbound bridge and the other on the southbound bridge. This traffic pattern will use the crossover lane in the median that RIDOT built last fall. Those wishing to take Exit 10 must use the right travel lane in order to take the off-ramp. All truck traffic will be directed to the left travel lane and therefore will need to follow the detour for Exit 10 closures.

“Drivers should reduce their speed and drive cautiously through the work zone as they become accustomed to the new traffic patterns,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said.

Motorists will encounter daytime and overnight lane restrictions as RIDOT transitions to the new traffic patterns. Day-by-day closure information will be posted on RIDOT’s Travel Advisories website at: www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories. It is expected that Monday, March 19, travel on I-295 South will be reduced to only two lanes. RIDOT’s current schedule predicts that on Thursday, March 22, motorists will have only two lanes of travel for I-295 North using the split-road formation.

Through a $12.9 million bridge reconstruction contract with Cardi Corporation, RIDOT will replace the deck and make numerous other repairs on the 48-year-old span.

Exit 10 may be closed during overnight hours Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and on Saturdays from 6-10 a.m. Closure information will be posted on RIDOT’s Travel Advisories website at: www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories. The following is the detour route for trucks and for all vehicles during Exit 10 closures:

• Take Exit 11 (Route 114/Diamond Hill Road)
• Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Route 114 North
• After crossing over the highway, take the first left for the on-ramp to I-295 South
• Take Exit 10 to Route 122/Mendon Road

More information and detour maps will be available on RIDOT’s website at: www.dot.ri.gov/construction/projects/blackstone_viaduct.

Users of the Blackstone River Bikeway may encounter closures where the bridge passes over the bike path. RIDOT will keep the path open as much as possible, but will need to close it for safety when working directly over the bikeway. The path would only be closed during working hours on weekdays, with the path reopened for use late each afternoon. The path also would be open on weekends and holidays.

Those 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 social media sites on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger.

Contact: Charles St. Martin 401-222-1362, Ext. 4007

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Click It Or Ticket Event

RIDOT to Launch Nighttime 'Click It Or Ticket' Campaign. Please see http://t.co/XltmUEAH for more details.

Friday, March 9, 2012

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast for March 10-16, 2012 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp.

Friday, March 2, 2012

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast

RIDOT's Weekly Traffic Forecast for March 3-9, 2012 is now available at: http://www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories/default.asp.

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