CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — If you plan to travel on I-95 North Wednesday evening, you may want to take another route to your destination.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is closing multiple lanes of I-95 North starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
RIDOT plans to begin by restricting travel to two lanes from Exits 14 through 16. By 11 p.m., only one lane of travel will be open northbound.
RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said the closure will allow crews to repair an area of settled pavement near the Park Avenue overpass in Cranston.
All lanes are expected open by 6 a.m. on Thursday.
RIDOT says major traffic delays are likely. They are advising drivers to seek alternate routes, such as I-295 or Route 37 West to I-295, which would bypass the construction area.
“Even during those hours when traffic is at its lowest, there are going to be some significant delays, major delays in that area,” Alviti said. “We’re encouraging people, if they can, plan ahead and use alternate routes.”
RIDOT officials said they plan on conducting a study after construction is complete to determine what caused the settlement in the first place, and will use the findings to create a permanent solution.
“I think the most important to is to find a permanent solution to it this time,” Alviti said. “We’re going to stop putting the Band-Aid on it, as they have for a decade or so, and we’re going to get to the root of the problem, fix the problem and then put a permanent fix in place.”