Traffic flows freely over the new Providence River Bridge, the signature feature of the Iway project.
The I-195 Relocation Project, known as the Iway, is the largest project RIDOT has built since the construction of the Interstate system. It is a transformative project - quite literally changing the landscape in Providence - addressing a wide range of issues including safety, replacing aging infrastructure, lessening traffic congestion and bolstering economic development.
The benefits are being realized. Many have remarked on reduced commuting time to Providence, a subject of a recent Channel 12 story.
The Iway is nearing completion. All new highway construction and old highway demolition is complete. One of the final projects, underway as of Spring 2013, is the rebuilding of city streets near the old highway corridor. RIDOT also will be involved in the development of park areas along the Providence River and new pedestrian bridge on the granite footings of the old Providence River Bridge.
Iway Project Milestones
Since the Iway was largely built on a new alignment, traffic was largely unaffected during construction. The transition of moving traffic from the old highway to the new one was done in phases from Fall 2007 through Fall 2009. Numerous smaller changes affecting on and off ramps occured in 2010.
Major traffic pattern changes
The Iway and access to the R.I. Hospital campus
- I-95 North to I-195 East: November 2007
- I-95 South to I-195 East: December 2008
- I-195 West to I-95 South: June 2009
- I-195 West to I-95 North: October 2009
Maps, including directions
showing the best routes to and from the Hospital Campus:
The Iway in Words and Pictures
RIDOT podcasts tell the Iway story
To really get an understanding of what the Iway project is, RIDOT has created a series of 12 podcasts, six in English and six in Spanish, using video footage shot during construction.
Explore the links below more to learn more about the Iway project:
Let your child explore the Iway
RIDOT helped create an exhibit at the Providence Children's Museum about solving problems, engineering and construction, and the new Iway. The kids can crank a crane and lift I-beams to construct a highway bridge, tackle bridge building challenges, redesign the city and find out about the Iway. The Museum’s Iway exhibit takes advantage of the I-195 relocation project, one of the biggest highway projects in the state’s history, to engage kids (and grown-ups) in an investigation of roadways and bridges.
The color of the Iway
The color of the Iway was chosen to blend in with the marine landscape at the top of Narragansett Bay and the Providence River. This blue-green color can be found on the new Providence River Bridge and the many supporting beams and girders of the new highway. The steel components have undergone metalizing, a process with creates a durable finish before painting to resist cracking and chipping and greatly reduce maintenance costs.
Iway's signature span featured in winning photo
Timothy Hiebert of Providence shot this stunning photo of the Providence skyline featuring the new Providence River Bridge. The photograph was published in the February issue of Rhode Island Monthly magazine and was selected as the monthly winner of its "I Luv RI" contest, an effort co-sponsored by The Washington Trust Company.
Press Release Archive
April 19, 2013 - Dyer Street to Become Two-Way Roadway as Part of the Iway
April 8, 2013 - Work Begins on the Former I-195 Land
September 21, 2012 - Overnight lane closures beginning for Iway construction
December 21, 2011 - Governor, RIDOT expanding travel time information to include I-195
November 15, 2010-Governor and RIDOT Swing Gold Wrecking Ball and Start Major Demolition of Old I-195
October 21, 2010 - Point Street Overpass to close this weekend for Iway construction
October 14, 2010 - Additional Changes to City Streets Planned as Part of the Iway Project
October 12, 2010 - Reminder: Iway changes beginning tomorrow
October 7, 2010 - Iway changes in the air this fall - Changes to City streets announced
September 17, 2010 - I-195 ramp to close overnight for Iway paving
July 16, 2010 - Exit 2 from I-195 West closing this weekend
June 18, 2010 - I-95 paving beginning next week
June 1, 2010 - RIDOT relocating Exit 2 from I-195 West
May 12, 2010 - RIDOT Relocating Exit 20 from I-95 South; Exit will Shift to its Final Location on May 15
April 23, 2010 - Weekend lane closure announced for I-195 ramp
April 16, 2010 - RIDOT Wins First Place Engineering Award for Iway
January 6, 2010 - RIDOT to demolish I-195 bridge over Wickenden Street
December 15, 2009 - RIDOT plans to open lane on I-95 tomorrow
November 13, 2009 - RIDOT announces overnight closures of I-95 for Iway construction
November 3, 2009 - RIDOT relocating Exit 20 on I-95 South; second split to be removed
October 19, 2009 - RIDOT restoring third lane at I-95 South split tonight; removing I-95 North split on Thursday
October 19, 2009 - Carcieri, RIDOT Celebrate This Week's Opening of Last Major Segment of the Iway
October 15, 2009 - Carcieri, RIDOT to Welcome Head of FHWA to Rhode Island for Iway Ceremony
September 21, 2009 - RIDOT to Change I-95 North Traffic Pattern in Providence
September 3, 2009 - DLT Hot Jobs for Thursday, September 3, 2009
June 4, 2009 - The Iway or the old way? Major traffic pattern change for I-195 West scheduled for the morning of June 18
December 4, 2008 - Governor Carcieri and RIDOT to dedicate new Iway ramp
November 24, 2008 - RIDOT announces Iway opening dates
October 28, 2008 - Temporary ramp to I-95 South opening tomorrow
October 20, 2008 - RIDOT announces Iway schedule for remainder of 2008
September 3, 2008 - Temporary ramp closure planned for Iway construction; Signed detours will be in place
June 11, 2008 - Iway project earns Bell Ringer award: Logo for the Iway garners top award in Graphic Identity category
June 9, 2008 - Iway bridge float nominated for national award: RIDOT received regional Innovative Management Award
May 22, 2008 - RIDOT opens new Iway ramp to India Street today - New Iway Exit 2 replaces old Gano Street off-ramp
May 13, 2008 - RIDOT announces Iway schedule for remainder of May
April 18, 2008 - Overnight lane and ramp closures to begin for Iway construction
April 4, 2008 - RIDOT plans Iway Milestones for 2008