The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is implementing a new lane shift on I-95 North at the Eddy Street Bridge near the I-195 Interchange and the Rhode Island Hospital campus in Providence on Friday night, March 20.
All traffic on I-95 North will shift to the left at the bridge. Lane closures are likely Friday night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to set up the new traffic pattern. It will be in place until July, when the Department will alter the pattern and utilize a series of lane splits to allow for continued rehabilitation of the bridge.
The Eddy Street Bridge is one of five Providence bridges being repaired as part of a $12.7 million bridge preservation project to address a number of deficiencies and maintenance issues, including painting. This bridge carries more than 167,000 vehicles per day and is one of the busiest stretches of highway in Providence. Motorists are urged to drive cautiously through the work zone.
Also, as part of this project, RIDOT has been working concurrently on four bridge overpasses between I-195 and Exit 22 (Downtown, Routes 6/10). These include the Broad Street, Westminster Street, Washington Street and Broadway overpasses. The Department has been undertaking full deck replacements for the Broadway and Broad Street bridges, plus concrete repairs, concrete sealing, deck joint repair/replacement, steel beam repair, deck underside repairs and painting at these and the other bridges.
Work on the Eddy Street Bridge is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2021. The entire multi-bridge project wraps up in Spring 2022.
All construction projects are subject to changes in schedule and scope depending on needs, circumstances, findings, and weather.
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