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Highway Exit Renumbering Starts Monday

Heads up drivers! Starting on Monday, things are going to start looking very different along I-295.

RIDOT crews will be renumbering the exits on the highway from Cumberland to Warwick.

Rhode Island is one of the last states in the country to switch over to the numbering system. In 2009, The Federal Highway Administration started to require exits to be numbered according to the mile marker where they fall on the highway.

“If there was a four or a five, and a new exit was built in between, they would have to change the numbering system for all of the exits in either direction,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said.

“So if an exit falls five miles from the beginning of the highway, it’s exit number five. And exit number 10 will be ten miles from the beginning,” Alviti said.

If new exits are built in between, they’ll be given the number of where that mile marker is located.

During the first week of the project, old exits 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be changed. The following week, old exits 1, 2 and 4 will be renumbered.

Drivers should expect minor traffic delays due to sign installation during the day and overnight hours.

So, what will your new exit be?

 

I-295 North

I-95 in Warwick to Massachusetts Line in Cumberland

OLD EXIT NUMBERNEW EXIT NUMBERLOCATION
11ARte. 113 West/West Warwick
21BRte. 2 North/Cranston
3A3ARte. 37 East/Cranston
3B3BRte. 37 West/Phenix Ave.
46Rte. 14/Plainfield Pike
57R.I. Resource Recovery
6A9ARte. 6 East/Providence
6B9BI-295 South/Warwick
6C9CRte. 6 West/Hartford
10Greenville Ave. (New)
7A12ARte. 44 East/North Providence
7B12BRte. 44 West/Smithfield
8A15ARte. 7 South/North Providence
8B15BRte. 7 North/North Smithfield
9A18ARte. 146 South/Lincoln
9B18BRte. 146 North/Woonsocket
1020Rte. 122/Cumberland
1122Rte. 114/Cumberland

I-295 South

Massachusetts Line in Cumberland to I-95 in Warwick

OLD EXIT NUMBERNEW EXIT NUMBERLOCATION
1122Rte. 114/Cumberland
1020Rte. 122/Cumberland
9B18BRte. 146 North/Woonsocket
9A18ARte. 146 South/Lincoln
8B15BRte. 7 North/North Smithfield
8A15ARte. 7 South/North Providence
7B12BRte. 44 West/Smithfield
7A12ARte. 44 East/North Providence
10Greenville Ave. (New)
6C9CRte. 6 West/Hartford
6A9ARte. 6 East/Providence
57R.I. Resource Recovery
46Rte. 14/Plainfield Pike
3B3BRte. 37 West/Phenix Ave.
3A3ARte. 37 East/T.F. Green Airport
21BRte. 2 South/Warwick
11ARte. 113 West/West Warwick

DOT officials say it will take two weeks to update all the signage, starting with the Diamond Hill Road/Route 114 interchange in Cumberland.

“So, any of the highways moving from Connecticut to either Massachusetts to the north or to the east will start at zero when you enter the state from Connecticut and will progressively get higher in exit numbers as you travel either to the north or the west,” Alviti said.

The RIDOT will install temporary signs with the old exit number and will leave them for an extended period of time so drivers can get used to the change.

Electronic mapping and GPS companies have also been notified of the upcoming changes.

The renumbering project will also include I-95 and I-195, as well as Routes 4, 10, 24, 37, 78, 403 and the Airport Connector. The entire project, which will be paid for with federal funds, will take three years to complete.
 

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