PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is urging drivers to steer clear of Route 6 where it meets Route 10 in Providence throughout the weekend.

That portion of the highway will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. It’s part of the ongoing Route 6/10 Interchange project.

Traffic on Route 6 East won’t be able to access the Route 6/10 connector into Providence until Monday morning.

“We expect that there will be some delays, but the more people that use diversion routes around this construction the better it’s going to go,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said.

Drivers are urged to use alternate routes, since the closure will likely cause travel delays, such as:

  • Smithfield, and other locations in northwestern Rhode Island: Use I-295 to Route 146 South to Providence
  • Western Cranston, Scituate and other towns further west: Use Route 37 East to I-95 North to Providence
  • Johnston, North Providence and Cranston: Use major local roadways that lead into Providence

Watch the full news conference below.