I-295 Bridge Rehabilitation


Lane and Ramp Restrictions for I-295 Bridge Repairs

RIDOT is working on 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. But delays are possible.

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



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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 through lanes. Through traffic will utilize the new bridges on the service road.
  • Access will be maintained for ramps to Route 6 West toward Hartford, Conn. (Exit 9C) and Route 6 East to Providence (Exit 9A).
  • The on-ramp from Hartford Avenue/Route 6A West to I-295 South will remain closed. RIDOT has installed a temporary signal to aid motorists making left turns onto the I-295 South on-ramp normally used by Hartford Avenue eastbound traffic.

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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