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Pinpoint Traffic Blog: What to Expect: Gano St. Closure


Changes are in store for Providence commuters trying to access the east side of Providence.

The Gano Street Exit 3 on I-195 West will close to traffic Sunday night, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

The ramp will remain closed until October 2019, during the Washington Bridge repair project.

In addition, drivers should prepare for a left lane shift between the Gano Street Exit and Exit 2.

Drivers are encouraged to use Exit 2 to South Main Street as a detour to the east side. 

DETOUR: Gano St. Exit Closure

Take Exit 2 (South Main Street), Pike Street, South Water Street and India Street to return to Gano Street.

The detour will take drivers to Pike Street, South Water Street and India Street, eventually returning to Gano Street. 

RIDOT will also close a portion of South Main St. and Tockwotton St.

The temporary on-ramp to I-195 west from Taunton Ave. will also be open to traffic in time for the Monday morning commute. 

Dot officials say the temporary on-ramp will cut down on the ramp closure by two years.

It’s been more than 20 years since the last major rehabilitation of the portion of the bridge, which carries 70,000 vehicles each day west into the capital city.

RIDOT replaced the eastbound portion of the bridge in the late 2000s. 

The entire Washington bridge project will wrap up fall 2020.

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