Lane shifts on Route 37 to stay for about a year

Signage along Route 37. (WLNE)

(WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said lane shifts added to Route 37 on Friday night will stay for about a year.

All lanes on Interstate 295 north and south will shift to the westbound side to make room for crews on the eastbound side starting at 8 p.m.

The changes will let the department demolish and repair bridges along Route 37.

The work is part of the $85 million Cranston Canyon Project.

Bridges along the west end of Route 37 at the intersection of I-295 require safety improvements along the “canyon” portion of I-295. The department said the nickname comes from “rocky” conditions on that part of the highway.

Crews will also work to fix congestion issues in the area.

The changes will be in effect for about one year. After that, the department anticipates a one-year time frame to replace the eastbound portion of the bridges.

Drivers taking on-ramps to Route 37 from I-295 north and south are advised to drive slow and allow themselves extra time.

The Cranston Canyon Project is expected to be compete in 2026.

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