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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has started a project to perform preventive maintenance on Providence area Interstate bridges. The work will be completed in phases, affecting three separate areas on I-195, I-95 and the Clifford Street Bridge over the next several months.
The project begins on both directions of I-195 in Providence, just east of the Providence River Bridge near Exit 2 (India Street/South Main Street). During this work, all lanes of travel will be maintained during daytime and peak travel periods. However, RIDOT will need to implement lane shifts with divided highway traffic patterns. Overnight lane and off-ramp closures are possible.
As part of RIDOT's RhodeWorks program to repair Rhode Island's deficient bridges, we'll be replacing this bridge using accelerated bridge construction methods that will get the project done in four months instead of two years. See Latest Press Release »
Currently on I-195 traffic lanes are shifted to the left with barrier set in place along the right shoulder to provide a safe work zone for work on bride joints. Each step of this 5-stage process will take approximately two to three weeks, with RIDOT replacing bridge joints across all lanes of travel.
As work progresses from one stage of construction to the next, new traffic patterns will be established with traffic flowing on either side of a divided highway. The same pattern was used for phased construction on the Providence Viaduct project last fall. It is important to note that all lanes are through traffic lanes that continue onto I-195.