Providence Viaduct Replacement Project

This large multi-span bridge carries I-95 through the heart of Providence - a central artery for our state and our region. While our project is underway, Providence remains open for business. We are taking every measure to ensure exits and streets remain open and traffic impacts are minimized.

Not only are we replacing the bridge, we are making improvements aimed at increasing safety and reducing congestion. Motorists will find wider travel lanes and shoulders and additional lanes for traffic entering and exiting the highway.

Vital Stats:

Age: Built in 1964

Condition: The bridge has surpassed its design life and is showing signs of aggressive deterioration in the bridge deck and its supporting girders and piers.

Length & Location: 1,290 feet, between Exits 21 and 23 on I-95 in Providence

Traffic: With over 220,000 daily vehicle crossings, it's one of the most heavily trafficked stretches of interstate on the East Coast.

Cost: The cost for the current project to replace the southbound bridge is $73 million. The estimated cost for the northbound bridge and related work is $135 million.

Project Timeline

Phase One of the project began in June 2013, focusing on the construction of a new bridge to the west of the Viaduct to carry I-95 South traffic. RIDOT expects construction on a replacement structure for northbound traffic to begin in 2017. All dates are subject to change. See below for more details:

Date Milestone
June 2013 Construction begins on a new bridge to the west of the existing two bridges of the Providence Viaduct.
Fall 2014 Temporary ramp opens at Exit 22 (access to Providence Place Mall, Route 6 West, and Downtown). See Map »
Fall 2015 Permanent, new ramp at Exit 22 opens.
Fall 2016 Open new Viaduct for I-95 southbound traffic; open new Atwells Avenue off-ramp (Exit 21).
Summer 2018 Start construction of a new bridge for I-95 North.
  Shift I-95 North traffic to old I-95 South bridge; begin demolition of old I-95 North bridge.
  Portion of new Viaduct for I-95 North to open. Changes expected for on-ramps immediately north and south of the Viaduct.
  Open all of new Viaduct for I-95 North. Exit 23 relocated with opening of new access road for merging on- and off-ramp traffic.

Introducing the new Viaduct

Click on the image below to see how the new Providence Viaduct will look!

Providence Viaduct before construction