September 29, 2023




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Weather permitting, we’re scheduled to shift travel lanes on Saturday night, September 30, at two locations in North Smithfield as part of the ongoing Route 146 Reconstruction Project. Most notably, we will create a center median work zone on both directions of Route 146 to build foundations for the new Sayles Hill Road flyover bridge. We will also set up a lane reduction on Route 146A approaching Route 146 South to rebuild the Spring Brook Bridge overpass, carrying Route 146 North at this location.



Airport Connector, Warwick



On Monday night, from 8 p.m. to midnight, motorists can expect temporary ramp closures for striping at the on- and off-ramps to and from Post Road to the Airport Connector. Follow signed detour. Expect right shoulder closures on both directions of I-95 at the Airport Connector on- and off-ramps for landscaping and sign installation, weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll also have partial lane closures for sidewalk and concrete work along Post Road, from Warwick Avenue to the Rhode Island T.G. Green International Airport entrance, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 




Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown



Now that we have paved the roadway’s base course and completed the water line work, our daytime operations will focus on sidewalk placement. Motorists should anticipate alternating one-way traffic on Aquidneck Avenue, from East Main Road to Green End Avenue, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.




Henderson Bridge, East Providence



We’ve finished curing the concrete bridge deck and paving the east approach to the Henderson Bridge. Next, we will install drainage and curbing and do electrical work for the second half of the Massasoit Avenue roundabout, while also paving the new roadway alignment on Waterman Avenue in Providence. No lane closures are anticipated. 




I-95 North Viaduct, Providence



Various ramps along I-95 at the Exit 37 interchange may close as needed for pier repairs, Sunday-Thursday nights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Park Street northbound, from Hayes Street to Smith Street, will close for sidewalk construction, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please follow signed detours. Alternating lanes on I-95 North and South, from Exits 37A to 39, will close Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to place the deck on the Viaduct bridge and to demolish the Smith Street Bridge. We apologize in advance for noise impacts during this demolition operation. We’ll also close alternating lanes on Charles Street northbound, from Randall Street to Corliss Street, and on Ashburton Street southbound, from West River Street to Charles Street, Sunday-Thursday nights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. to demolish the bridge parapets at these bridges. 




Pell Bridge Ramps Phase 2, Newport



On Thursday night, October 5, we are scheduled to move to the final traffic configuration on Admiral Kalbfus Road, removing the current lanes shifts and opening lanes that had been closed for construction. It will be going from one lane in each direction with turn lanes to two lanes in each direction with turn lanes.


To make the change, motorists can expect alternating lane closures on Admiral Kalbfus Road, from the Rotary to Malbone Road/Girard Avenue, and on Halsey Boulevard, from Admiral Kalbfus Road to the JT Connell Connector, from 8 p.m. that evening through 6 a.m. on Friday, October 6. We will be paving the closed section of Admiral Kalbfus Road on Tuesday. This may require some temporary lane shifts during the day to accomplish but no closures.

Additionally, we will continue traffic signal work in preparation for the traffic switch, earthwork for the wetland restoration, and ongoing bridge rehabilitation work along Route 138 at the Third Street, Newport Secondary, and the JT Connell Highway overpasses. These operations may require temporary lane shifts along Third Street and JT Connell Highway.




Route 6/10 Interchange Reconstruction, Providence



We are scheduled to restripe Route 10 South to its permanent configuration, with alternating lane closures from Tobey Street to Westminster Street, Monday night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Harris Avenue northbound traffic remains detoured for work at the Harris Avenue Bridge, Monday-Thursday nights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Alternating lane closures on Route 6 West, from the 6/10 split to Union Avenue, are anticipated to adjust drainage structures in advance of paving, Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Other scheduled operations include constructing the Route 6 East ramp to Route 10 South, and building retaining walls along the Westminster Street off-ramp from Route 10 North.




Route 37 Improvements, Cranston/Warwick



Bridge Group 51A: Pontiac Avenue to Post Road (see photo, above)


Electrical work and paving continue on Pontiac Avenue, requiring alternating lane closures from Sockanosset Cross Road to Route 37 East, Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional operations include paving the base course on the new access road from Pontiac Avenue and the binder courses for the approaches on Route 37 West over the Pawtuxet River, and over Jefferson Boulevard, and installing shielding to prepare for future demolition of the Pawtuxet River South Bridge (carrying Route 37 East over the Pawtuxet River.)


Bridge Group 51B: I-295 area (see photo, below)


Alternating lane closures for pothole patching and pavement repairs are scheduled on I-295 North, from Route 37 to Exit 7 (Rhode Island Resource Recovery), Sunday-Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. We’ll also have a right lane closure on I-295 South in the vicinity of Route 37 (Exits 3A and 3B), Sunday-Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. as we work to replace the Cranston Park West Bridge (carrying Route 37 East and West over I-295 South.) Alternating one-way traffic on Cranston Street below Route 37 is also scheduled, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., to replace the Cranston Street Bridge (carrying Route 37 East and West over Cranston Street.)





Route 146, Lincoln/North Smithfield



As indicated above, weather permitting, we’re shifting travel lanes at two locations within this project on Saturday night, September 30: at Sayles Hill Road and at the Spring Brook Bridge. As part of the lane shift at the Spring Brook Bridge, Route 146A South will be closed and detoured to Route 104.

Otherwise, our operations will focus on road construction and drainage work. The road construction will involve alternating lane closures on both directions of Route 146, from Route 116 to the Massachusetts line, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and from Route 146A to the Massachusetts line, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Overnight drainage work requires us to close Sayles Hill Road westbound, from Route 146 to Old Sayles Hill Road, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and establish alternating lane closures on both directions of Route 146 at Sayles Hill Road, Tuesday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please follow signed detours during all closures.



Washington Bridge, East Providence/Providenc


Most of our construction activities remain focused on the closed Gano Street off-ramp, with no scheduled lane closures. We will reconstruct the wall along the right side of the Gano Street off-ramp from I-195 West, apply waterproofing, and do drainage work. Concrete substructure and bridge deck repairs continue on the Washington Bridge itself, and we anticipate delivery of the new bridge girders that will ultimately carry the on-ramps from East Providence over a new off-ramp from I-195 West to Waterfront Drive. 



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