Route 146 Reconstruction Project

  • Route 146 Congestion
    Route 146 at Sayles Hill Road Looking North
  • Route 146 Improvements
    Route 146 at I-295 Bridges
  • Route 146 Improvements
    Route 146 at Route 146A and Old Smithfield Road Exchange

The Project

Work will begin in 2022 on a $196 million project that will make much-needed improvements along the Route 146 corridor, replacing multiple bridges, repaving 8 miles of roadway and correcting numerous safety and congestion problems. More than 171,000 vehicles travel Route 146 between Providence and Worcester each day.

The project includes the removal of the traffic signal where Route 146 meets Sayles Hill Road and construction of a bridge so the highway can pass freely over Sayles Hill Road. This intersection averages more than 85 crashes per year and is a source of significant congestion and travel delay. It is the only signalized intersection on the entire Route 146 highway corridor in Rhode Island.

Thanks to the efforts of Rhode Island's Congressional delegation, RIDOT secured a $65 million USDOT INFRA Grant to help fund the project. Learn more: 2020 INFRA Grant Application Narrative: Route 146 Improvements

Project Schedule & Cost

  • Location: North Smithfield
  • Start Construction: 2022
  • Finish Construction: 2026
  • Total Projected Cost: $196 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes

Other Project Highlights

Route 146 a critical transportation route that has gone unimproved for far too long. Other highlights of the project include:

  • Replacing one bridge along the corridor and do preservation or rehabilitation work on four others
  • Building frontage roads for easy and safe access to businesses at the Sayles Hill Road interchange
  • Repaving Route 146 from the I-295 interchange to the Massachusetts state line Adding bus-on-shoulder accommodations along the southern end of Route 146 in North Providence and Providence
  • Extending existing fiber optic lines and Intelligent Transportation Systems/traffic monitoring from the I-295 interchange to the Massachusetts state line
  • Rebuilding the Route 146/Route 146A interchange, removing dangerous U-turns using a diverging diamond interchange
  • Extending the weave length for the Route 99 Ramp and Route 146 south Improving the geometry of the I-295 southbound off-ramp to Route 146
  • Building new drainage systems
  • Replacing guardrail and making other safety improvements such as wrong way driving detection systems

Maps & Graphics

Estimated Travel Times
Safety and Congestion Improvements Map


Starting Friday night, May 17 at 9 p.m., we'll close Exit 8B at Route 146 North to I-295 South through the fall. Additionally, exits 18 A/B on I-295 South will close on Friday night only in order shift traffic. A signed detour will be in place for the duration of this operation.

Various overnight construction operations continue on Route 146 and at the I-295 bridges over Route 146 in Lincoln and North Smithfield, which will necessitate exit closures for bridge and road work, Sunday - Thursday nights, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists will need to follow the temporary signed detours in place during these operations.

Additionally, Sayles Hill Road at Route 146 in North Smithfield will have alternating lane closures for construction activities, including restricting left turn access from Route 146, Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Click here for the latest lane closure information