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I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge Replacement: School Street Exit Closure

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"Paws," the Pawtucket Red Sox mascot, points the way toward alternate exits during the School Street (Exit 28) closure in April.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to close I-95 North Exit 28 (School Street) on Monday, April 9, 2012. The closure is necessary to allow the Department to complete construction in the area of the existing School Street off-ramp that cannot be done while it is open to traffic.

This closure is the final step RIDOT needs to take before it can open the first span of the new Pawtucket River Bridge to traffic on I-95 North. RIDOT will then be able to lift the 18-ton weight limit that has required trucks and other large vehicles on I-95 North to use local detours or longer highway detours.

The closure will be in place for approximately two weeks, with the shifting of I-95 North traffic expected in late April.


See press release about this closure.


RIDOT will establish signed detours using Exit 27 (Downtown) or Exit 29 (Broadway/Cottage Street). Scroll down for detour maps and turn-by-turn directions.

The closure will affect access to businesses such as Memorial Hospital and the Pawtucket Red Sox. These businesses attract large amounts of people, especially those from other parts of the state who are not familiar with driving in Pawtucket or the detours that have been in place to ongoing bridge construction.


Primary Detour Routes for the I-95 North Exit 28 (School Street) Closure:

School Street Exit Closure Detour Map

Click on the map above to enlarge or click here to download in pdf format.


Detour using Exit 27 (Downtown)

  • At the end of the ramp, go straight onto Marrin Street
  • Continue straight onto Grace Street
  • Continue straight onto Division Street to reach School Street

    Detour using Exit 29 (Broadway/Cottage Street)

  • Stay left on the ramp for Broadway
  • Turn left onto Broadway
  • Turn left onto Main Street and follow to return to School Street



    Detour Routes to reach Memorial Hospital:

    Exit 28 Detours to Memorial Hospital

    Click on the map above to enlarge or click here to download in pdf format.

    Visit the Memorial Hospital website for more information.


    Preferred detour to Memorial Hospital using Exit 27 (Downtown)

  • At the end of the ramp, go straight onto Marrin Street
  • Continue straight onto Grace Street
  • Continue straight onto Division Street
  • Turn right onto Water Street
  • Yield at merge with School Street
  • Turn left onto Beechwood Street
  • Turn left onto Brewster Street
  • See specific hospital area directions from Memorial Hospital

    Detour to Memorial Hospital using Exit 29 (Broadway/Cottage Street)

  • Stay right on the ramp for Cottage Street
  • Turn left onto Cottage Street
  • Turn right onto Central Street
  • Turn right onto George Bennett Highway
  • Turn right onto Division Street
  • Turn left onto Brewster Street
  • See specific hospital area directions from Memorial Hospital




    Detour Routes to reach McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox:

    Exit 28 Detours to McCoy Stadium

    Click on the map above to enlarge or click here to download in pdf format.

    Visit the Pawtucket Red Sox website for more information.


    Detour to McCoy Stadium Hospital using Exit 27 (Downtown)

  • At the end of the ramp, go straight onto Marrin Street
  • Continue straight onto Grace Street
  • Continue straight onto Division Street
  • Follow Division Street past School Street to reach McCoy Stadium

    Detour using Exit 29 (Broadway/Cottage Street)

  • Stay right on the ramp for Cottage Street
  • Turn left onto Cottage Street
  • Turn right onto Central Street
  • Turn right onto George Bennett Highway
  • Turn right onto Division Street and follow to McCoy Stadium

    or

  • Stay left on the ramp for Broadway
  • Turn sharp left onto Broadway
  • Turn left toward Underwood Street
  • After crossing over I-95, bear right for Underwood Street
  • Turn left onto Walcott Street
  • Turn right onto South Bend Street
  • Turn left onto Division Street and follow to McCoy Stadium