PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Gano Street exit on I-195 West in Providence has closed to traffic, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT).
Carrying at least 70,000 vehicles per day, RIDOT says the westbound portion of the Washington Bridge is considered structurally deficient.
RIDOT Director Peter Alviti says although inconvenient, this a necessary repair, and is asking for drivers’ cooperation.
“It was built in 1969, and under the governor’s Roadworks Plan it’s one more bridge that we’re giving the necessary attention that it needs,” Alviti said.
With the bridge work comes detours.
After taking Exit 2, drivers will take an immediate left on Pike Street, another left on South Water Street and then follow the roadway along India Point Park back to Gano Street.
The entire $22.3 million dollar project is scheduled to wrap up in fall 2019.
The Veterans Memorial Parkway and Warren Avenue on-ramps will also reopen next fall, when the Gano Street exit does.