Interstate 95 lanes shift onto Providence Viaduct

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Drivers will notice their commute into Providence is looking different Friday morning.

That’s because three lanes of traffic on Interstate 95 north are now moving over the new Providence Viaduct Bridge.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation shifted the last two remaining lanes of travel onto the viaduct bridge overnight. One lane was shifted last week.

“I’ve already seen the difference because I like that last lane how it speeds up,” said Michelle Hill, a driver in Providence Friday. “It used to be backed up. But, now I feel they did a good thing and it will slow the traffic down,” Hill added.

Renderings show what the remodeled lanes look like, with three travel lanes shifted onto the bridge.

This is a rendering of the Interstate 95 Providence Viaduct. (Rhode Island Department of Transportation)

The traffic pattern changes are a way to alleviate congestion on the highway, according to the department. All lanes will still have access to the state offices and 146 exits.

Next month, the department will also put up a temporary ramp connecting the Atwells Avenue on-ramp to the bridge.

The project is expected to be completed by 2025.

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