Additional lane shifts and Route 146 exit changes on I-95 begin November 18
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has announced they will begin new lane shifts for portions of I-95 North and South in Providence beginning Thursday night and affecting Friday night travel.
RIDOT will change I-95 North at Exit 23 (Route 146/State Offices) and install barriers to separate traffic taking the exit from I-95 North through traffic.
All lanes of travel on I-95 from the Smith Street and Charles Street overpass will be shifting to the left.
These changes will take place Thursday night for I-95 South and Friday night for I-95 North and those traveling can expect lane closures both nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The barrier installation will prohibit any last-minute lane changes at the split. Drivers are encouraged to not slow down or attempt to suddenly change lanes as the split approached, this could cause traffic delays or unfortunate crashes.
There is also many more changes to come, RIDOT shared with ABC6 News the following,
“In addition to replacing the nearly 1,300-foot long I-95 North Viaduct, the project will rebuild 10 additional bridges, many of which are of critical safety concern. It also will correct inefficiencies, congestion and safety issues along this part of I-95. The Viaduct carries more than 220,000 vehicles per day over numerous local roads and highway ramps, Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and the Woonasquatucket River. It is the busiest section of I-95 in Rhode Island and one of the most heavily trafficked highway bridges on the East Coast. More project information is available at www.ridot.net/ProvidenceViaduct.”