I-295 Bridge Rehabilitation


Lane and Ramp Restrictions for I-295 Bridge Repairs

Back in November of last year, RIDOT started a $42.6 million construction project to rehabilitate bridges that carry I-295 at its interchange with Routes 6 and 6A in Johnston (Exit 9). This work will require temporary traffic pattern changes including ramp and lane closures that will create congestion and delays.

The bridges to be reconstructed include four large structures about 80 feet wide and 150 to 240 feet long. They carry an average of 76,000 vehicles per day on both through lanes and service roads at this interchange.

Also as part of this project, RIDOT will decommission two bridges built to accommodate an expansion of the interchange that was never built. RIDOT will fill in under the bridge structures. This eliminates maintenance costs.

Construction will be done in phases to minimize the impact to travelers. The work will involve the closure of service roads on both sides of the highway, which will add more volume to mainline travel lanes. This shift is necessary to move traffic away from sections of the bridges to be repaired first.

These bridges are nearly 50 years old, and the superstructures are nearing the end of their service lives.



On Friday night, August 9 at 9 p.m., motorists will experience alternating lane and temporary exit closures as the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) shifts traffic to the right on I-295 North, from Scituate Avenue to Hartford Avenue, in Johnston. The new traffic pattern should be in place by 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 10 through Spring 2020, while the Department replaces the bridges that carry the main through lanes of traffic.

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I-295 North

  • Closure of the northbound through lanes. Through traffic will utilize the new bridges on the service road, and access will be maintained for ramps to Route 6 East to Providence (Exit 9A) and Route 6 West toward Hartford, Conn. (Exit 9C).
  • Closure of Exit 9B, which allows traffic to reverse direction to I-295 South.
  • These changes will create minor delays during peak periods. Exit 9B is seldom used and any travelers using it can follow a detour utilizing Exit 9C to an on-ramp to I-295 South.

I-295 South

  • Closure of the southbound service road. Access has been maintained for ramps to Route 6 West toward Hartford, Conn. (Exit 9C) and Route 6 East to Providence (Exit 9A).
  • I-295 South already sees heavy traffic during the afternoon rush hour, which causes an average of 10 minutes of additional travel time. RIDOT estimates that delay to increase by a minimum of 3 minutes during peak periods.

Route 6 West

  • The ramp from Route 6 West to I-295 North was reduced from two lanes to one. Traffic must merge with mainline I-295 traffic given the closure of the service road.
  • This change will create the greatest amount of travel time delay, adding a minimum of 10 minutes during afternoon rush hour.

Route 6 East

  • Minor delays are expected for travelers using the ramp from Route 6 East to I-295 South given the closure of the I-295 South service road.

Hartford Avenue (Route 6A)

  • The on-ramp from Hartford Avenue West to I-295 South is closed, but modifications were made to Hartford Avenue to allow left turns onto the ramp to I-295 South used by Hartford Avenue East traffic.

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