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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
Route 146 a critical transportation route that has gone unimproved for far too long. Other highlights of the project include:
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The Route 146 South service roads at I-295 will be closed for bridge work, Tuesday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 am., with a suggested detour of I-295 South. To do some tree clearing, we’ll also have to close the Route 146 South service road on-ramp to I-295, detouring to I-295 North, Sunday and Monday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 am. Overnight and daytime roadwork will require alternating lane closures on Route 146, from Route 116 to the Massachusetts line, Sunday-Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and from Route 146A to the Massachusetts line, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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