PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The next phase to the shifting lanes of I-95 in Providence is coming this weekend.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) says it’s part of making progress on the project to rehabilitate the Oxford Street Bridge.
The key point RIDOT wants to drive home is that, despite the lane split, drivers should stay in their lane because they’ll proceed through normally.
“If everyone stays in their lane they will get to the other side of the work zone without any problems and consider the trip down 95 with plenty of space to make the exit onto 195 east,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said.
On the northbound side, I-95 will have one lane on the left side of a lane split, with three lanes on the right.
They say they are doing this, to make sure they are on schedule to get ready for the busy work week.
“I assure you that our traffic engineers and project managers will be out there through the weekend so we are ready to accommodate all the traffic that comes on Monday morning,” Alviti said.
Aliviti said they are also asking for patience.
“In the last split, in the most severe of traffic conditions, it only added less than a minute to the time of travel,” he said.
Southbound, I-95 will have two lanes to the left of the split, three to the right. And effective Sunday morning, the new change will also allow access once again to Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue).
The project is replacing the bridge deck one lane at a time.
RIDOT says if you usually enter I-95 at the Thurbers/Allens Avenue on-ramp, you may want to choose an alternate route or avoid the busiest times of 7-9 a.m. weekdays.
The temporary traffic pattern will be changing every week or two, RIDOT’s Charles St. Martin said Thursday. The entire project is expected to be finished by mid-to-late September.