WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Traffic changes in the West Bay aim to make for a safer drive along a troubled stretch of roadway.
A so-called “road diet” is currently underway in Warwick along a section of Main Avenue (Route 113) between Route 5 and Jefferson Boulevard.
RIDOT officials say the move will address chronic issues of speeding, crashes and narrow lanes on the busy roadway, citing 59 crashes over the past five years, including one fatal and 14 with injuries.
The previous four-lane road, with two lanes in either direction, is now down to three lanes. There will be one travel lane in each direction and a new center lane which is used both ways as a left-turn lane.
According to RIDOT, studies have shown that road diets can reduce crashes by up to 40 percent. The three-lane configuration will begin at Bailey Street and end at Sycamore Avenue.
The transition back to a four-lane road will occur on either end of Main Avenue.