RIDOT resumes construction after holiday weekend, lane changes expected

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Changes in traffic lanes in Providence and Newport are expected as the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) resumes construction at I-195 and the Newport Pell Bridge after the holiday weekend.

The construction project, officials say, will continue until mid-July, and lanes will shift with each stage of the project every two to three weeks. All lanes will still continue through to I-195, and all drivers are encouraged to stay in their lane.

Between the I-195 interchange and Gano Street exits, motorists traveling on I-195 East Drivers will encounter a lane split with two lanes to the left and two to the right on Wednesday, May 31 for I-195 East and Thursday, June 1 for I-195 West.

A press release issued by RIDOT read that those driving from I-95 South to I-195 East will not have access to Exit 2 during this stage of the three-stage construction project. Vehicles will be redirected to Exit 5 to reverse direction to I-195 West, then to Exit 3 to Gano Street.

Those traveling to Newport can expect traffic headaches as well, as Newport Pell Bridge construction continues this week, according to a travel advisory. Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction, which may cause serious delays during rush hour.

Lane closures will begin overnight Tuesday on I-195 East and will begin Wednesday on I-195 West starting at 8 p.m. to establish the new traffic patterns.

ABC6 learned that no lane closures will be necessary during daytime and peak travel periods because construction will take place behind a barrier.

RIDOT says the entire $3.2 million Providence Area Bridges Project is currently on time and on budget, and is scheduled for final completion by the end of 2017.

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