January 19, 2024




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Good afternoon


Despite the frigid cold temperatures of late, many of our larger projects are continuing their construction operations through the winter season. See below for the latest updates.




Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown


Next week, we will continue our off-road operations, including raising fire hydrants, and doing drainage work. We don’t anticipate any traffic impacts from our ongoing construction at this project until the spring.





Henderson Bridge, East Providence


No lane closures are anticipated as we continue to demolish the existing super and sub structures at the bridge, build the Henderson Expressway Connector from Massasoit Avenue, and start splicing fiber optic communication lines.




I-95 North Viaduct, Providence


Motorists along I-95 North in Providence are now following the new traffic pattern as part of this project when traveling to Route 146 North or the State Offices. Next week, travelers can anticipate the closure of various ramps as needed on I-95 at the Exit 37 interchange as we demolish the existing ramp from Route 10 North to I-95 North, Sunday-Thursday nights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. We also need to close Route 6 East, from Dean Street to Memorial Boulevard, as part of this operation, Sunday-Thursday nights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please follow signed detours. Overnight alternating lane closures are also scheduled on I-95 North, from Exit 37A to Exit 39A, as we continue demolition of the Smith Street Bridge, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. We also plan to demolish the old ramp from Route 10 North to I-95 North over Amtrak on Friday night from midnight to 4 a.m. No lane closures are anticipated, but we apologize in advance for any noise impacts. 





Pawtucket-Central Falls Transit Center


On Monday afternoon, January 15, we opened a new parking lot at the Pawtucket-Central Falls Transit Center, which will provide about 270 additional parking spaces for train and bus commuters. It is adjacent to the original parking lot of 200 spaces, and is accessible at the same entrance, at the corner of Pine Street and Goff Avenue in Pawtucket. The new lot will meet the growing demand for riders at the bustling transit center and represent a shorter walk for most commuters as compared to the overflow parking lot on the other side of the tracks, on Barton Street. 





Pell Bridge Ramps Phase 2, Newport


Our crews will continue to construct the new Park and Ride, install site lighting and finish demolishing the asphalt and curbing components of the old downtown off-ramp. We also plan to work on drainage swales and install new bioretention basins off road along Admiral Kalbfus Road, the closed road to nowhere, JT Connell Highway, and the new Park and Ride. Electrical work at the Van Zandt Avenue/JT Connell Highway/Farewell Street and Admiral Kalbfus Road/Third Street intersections will require shoulder closures, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All businesses remain open during construction, with traffic personnel on site to help navigate. 





Route 6/10 Interchange Reconstruction, Providence


A daytime left lane closure is scheduled for median barrier construction on Route 6 West, from the 6/10 split to Hartford Avenue, Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other construction activities taking place off-alignment, without any planned lane closures, include building the parapet and a retaining wall, and waterproofing the bridge deck on the ramp from Route 6 East to Route 10 South over Amtrak.




Route 37 Improvements, Cranston/Warwick


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


This portion of our Route 37 project is on a slight hiatus due to the ongoing inclement weather. Our crews should return when the bad weather subsides, and the pavement temperatures improve, hopefully by next month.


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


Motorists should expect left lane closures for bridge work at this project on both I-295 North and South in the vicinity of Route 37, Sunday-Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the day, bridge construction will also require alternating one-way traffic with frequent vehicle access in/out of the work zone on Cranston Street, below Route 37, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Route 146, Lincoln/North Smithfield


An overnight left lane closure is scheduled on both directions of Route 146, from Route 99 to Route 146A, with restricted access to/from Sayles Hill Road, for bridge construction, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please follow signed detours. Overnight alternating lane closures for bridge work are also planned along I-295, at the Route 146 interchange, and for road construction on Route 146, from Route 116 to Route 146A, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists can also anticipate daytime alternating lane closures for roadwork and fiber optic conduit installation on Route 146, from Route 146A to the Massachusetts line, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On the east side of Sayles Hill Road, from Route 146 to Route 99, we’re closing the westbound lanes for road construction and drainage installation from Route 99 to Route 146, Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please follow signed detour. The same operations will also be taking place on the west side of Sayles Hill Road, from Route 146 to Iron Mine Hill Road, with alternating lane closures during the same time period.




Washington Bridge, East Providence/Providence


As part of our ongoing repairs to the closed westbound portion of the Washington Bridge, work continues on enhancing the pier walls that support the anchor rods and the evaluation of the bridge’s condition overall. Today our traffic engineers updated the traffic signal times at Point Street and Eddy Street and Point Street and Richmond Street. They are now running in coordination, which should help ease congestion on these streets during rush hour. Additionally, today is the last day of service on the Bristol to Providence Ferry.

Through our overall Washington Bridge project, we continue to remove the concrete arches, bridge deck and parapets. We are also scheduled to do earthwork and install drainage and sewer lines at the Waterfront Drive on-ramp to I-195 West.

Please check out our webpage that is dedicated to the Washington Bridge Closure project.



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