Congestion Alert

Exit Closed AheadFrom RIDOT:

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it will open the next major segment of the Iway to traffic on Saturday, December 6, 2008. The new Exit 20 from I-95 South to I-195 East will now be located on the right-hand side of the highway, as is customary for most highway ramps and interchanges. The current left-hand exit for old I-195 East will close at the same time, as will access to old I-195 Exits 1 (Downtown) and 2 (Wickenden Street).

Also next week, RIDOT anticipates opening a new on-ramp from Plain Street, near R.I. Hospital, to I-195 East. This ramp is scheduled to open on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 and will replace the Friendship Street on-ramp to old I-195 East, which RIDOT closed in May. Additionally, the fifth lane of the Washington Bridge eastbound is scheduled to open on December 5. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

RIDOT expects that these changes, particularity the opening of new Exit 20, will result in traffic congestion on I-95 South during the first few days of this new traffic pattern. Additional congestion is possible on certain city streets as well. Motorists are advised to familiarize themselves with the location of the new exit and suggested detours for inbound and outbound traffic in light of the permanent closure of old I-195 East and its Exits 1 and 2.

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