PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Traffic pattern changes were put into place on the 6-10 Connector this weekend as a major reconstruction project gets underway, but Tuesday will be the real test as people head back to work after Veterans Day.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is urging commuters to give themselves some extra travel time this week as drivers get used to the changes. Plus, heavy rain and gusty winds overnight into Tuesday morning could reduce visibility and cause localized street flooding, which would slow traffic even further.
RIDOT estimates drivers in the area of the 6-10 Connector will only be delayed by about five minutes but stressed that could change, depending on the weather and rush hour traffic.
“After a few days we expect that to relax back down, almost not quite, but there will be some delays,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said during a news conference last week.
The agency is working to make long overdue repairs to corroding bridges along the interchange. To accommodate the work being done, the Broadway off-ramp on Route 6 East will be closed for at least two years, according to RIDOT, and drivers are instructed instead to take the earlier Hartford Avenue exit to Olneyville Square.
In addition, RIDOT this weekend shifted the lanes on Route 6 West and Route 10 North and added a temporary off-ramp to Westminster Street.
As the project moves forward, drivers will notice additional lane shifts along the interchange.
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The entire project is slated to wrap up by the fall of 2023.
Pinpoint Traffic reporter Melissa Sardelli will be monitoring the conditions and will have live updates on Eyewitness News This Morning starting at 4:30 a.m.