I-295 Bridge Rehabilitation
Lane and Ramp Restrictions Beginning Soon for I-295 Bridge Repairs
RIDOT is starting 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). Starting on November 16, 2018, 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.