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Pinpoint Traffic Blog: Ongoing Roadwork Slowing S. County Commuters

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WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) – A construction project in South County is one step closer to completion.

Construction crews hard at work for the last few weeks on Route 78 re-surfacing the roadway.

“We are about 90 percent complete with the milling operations on Route 78 East,” Charles St. Martin from RIDOT tells me.

The roadway connects Route 1 in Westerly to Route 2 in Stonington, Connecticut.

This particular stretch of roadway carries nearly 19,000 vehicles per day.

Traffic heading east, the first to feel the effects of the project.

During the overnight hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.  on weekdays the roadway is closed from the state line to exit 5.

St. Martin say, “Paving is expected to begin next week, weather permitting.”

A detour is taking drivers to Route 2, then onto High St., over to Oak St. and back to Rte. 78

Work on Rte. 78 heading *west* will begin after Labor Day.

The $3 million contract is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Melissa Sardelli ( 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. 

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