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RIDOT: 195 closures to take 2 nights, not 3

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The state is closing a stretch of highway in East Providence to demolish a bridge. However, the work is expected to take less time than originally thought – two nights instead of three.

The closure will allow crews to demolish the structurally deficient Parkway Ramp Bridge.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it will temporarily close Interstate 195 West between the Washington Bridge and the Broadway on-ramp overnight Tuesday. The eastbound lanes of the highway will be closed Wednesday during the same hours.

RIDOT says closures will be in place from midnight through 4 a.m. when traffic is the lightest.

The schedule depends on the weather and is subject to change.

During the closures, traffic on I-195 West will use Exit 6 to Broadway, and then follow a detour route using Waterman Avenue, Taunton Avenue and John Street before returning to Taunton Avenue and using the on-ramp to I-195.

Motorists on I-195 East will need to take Exit 5 to Warren Avenue. The detour follows Warren Avenue eastbound to the Broadway on-ramp to return to I-195.

RIDOT said the construction is part of the ongoing RhodeWorks project. The agency is working on five structurally deficient bridges that span I-195

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