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 chaning the landscape in Providence - addressing a wide range of issues including safety, replacing aging infrastructure, lessening traffic congestion and bolstering economic development.
The Iway is now nearing completion. All new roads, bridges and ramps are scheduled to be in use by the end of 2010. The old infrastructure will be demolished and the land ready for reuse by the end of 2012.
To really get an understanding of what the Iway proejct is, RIDOT has created a series of 12 podcasts, six in English and six in Spanish, using video footage shot during construction.
Major traffic pattern changes
The opening of the Iway took place over many months with numerous changes for motorists to become accustomed to. Major milestones included:
The following links list recent openings as they occured:
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.
Color of the new Providence River Bridge