PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Your summertime commute is often lighter with the kiddos out of school and many people taking vacations – but with lower traffic volumes, more construction often follows.
Heads up Providence drivers, traffic pattern changes are expected to cause some additional delays. Prepare for lane splits on I-95 North and South between Thurbers Ave. and Interstate 195.
The construction is all part of the 10.8 million dollar Oxford Street Bridge project.
On Friday evening, the DOT will implement a split-lane traffic configuration for both directions of interstate-95.
I-95 South commuters are now unable to access Exit 18. You can use Exit 19 (Eddy Street) or Exit 17 (Elmwood Ave.) as a detour.
If you are taking I-195 West to I-95 South you can still access Exit 18.
The traffic pattern in the area will change every one to two weeks during new deck installation.
Each week changes on I-95 North will be made on Friday nights and changes on I-95 South will be made on Saturday nights.
All split-lane configurations are scheduled to be complete by the end of August, with lane shifts scheduled to be removed by the end of September.
Melissa Sardelli (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Pinpoint Traffic Reporter for WPRI 12 and FOX Providence. If you have a traffic concern or question reach out to me on Twitter @MelissaSardelli or find me on Facebook.