Washington Bridge

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  • Washington Bridge - East Providence
    Washington Bridge - East Providence
  • Washington Bridge - East Providence
    Washington Bridge Structural Damage - East Providence
  • Washington Bridge - East Providence
    Washington Bridge Structural Damage - East Providence

The Project

The $78 million Washington Bridge project is much more than a bridge project. While it will address the structural deficiencies of the westbound portion of the Washington Bridge, which carries I-195 over the Seekonk River between East Providence and Providence, it also includes a new off-ramp to support economic development opportunities and address chronic congestion issues on the Interstate.

Thanks to the efforts of Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation in support of a $25 million federal BUILD grant, we can expand the project to include a new exit to Waterfront Drive in East Providence – providing access to dozens of acres of developable land. We also will construct an additional through lane on the bridge to better accommodate Interstate traffic and the high volume of traffic entering the highway from the Veterans Memorial Parkway, Warren Avenue and Taunton Avenue ramps.

The bridge carries more than 96,000 vehicles per day and is one of the busiest sections of Interstate highway in Rhode Island. It is the source of chronic congestion with backups often extending as far back as the Massachusetts state line, particularly during the morning rush hour. When the project is done, the average morning commute from the state line to I-95 will be trimmed by 40 percent, from 16 minutes to 9.5 minutes.

Other Improvements:
  • Partial widening to provide five continuous lanes of I-195 westbound traffic over the bridge.
  • A new bridge structure in East Providence to carry traffic from the Taunton Avenue/Warren Avenue/Veterans Memorial Parkway on-ramps over the new off-ramp to Waterfront Drive.
  • A new bridge structure to carry traffic from Gano Street in Providence onto I-195 westbound.
  • Restriping of I-195 westbound from the Broadway overpass to the new Waterfront Drive off-ramp to allow four lanes of through traffic on the mainline, eliminating the current lane drop at Broadway.
  • Adding a through lane on the western end of the Washington Bridge to reduce the weaving movements between the Taunton Avenue/Warren Avenue/Veterans Memorial Parkway on-ramps and the Gano Street off-ramp.

Project Schedule & Cost

  • Location: East Providence, Providence
  • Start Construction: 2021
  • Finish Construction: 2026
  • Total Projected Cost: $78 Million
  • Detours Needed: TBD

RIDOT to Begin Lane Shifts I-195 West

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Washington Bridge - I-195 Westbound Lane Splits


On Friday night, November 11, we’re scheduled to install a lane split on I-195 West, just prior to the Washington Bridge so we can create a work zone in the middle of the bridge for its continued rehabilitation. Please use caution when driving through the area as motorists adjust to the new traffic pattern. Overnight next week, for ongoing construction, we need to close Exit 1D (Gano Street) off I-195 West and the on-ramp to I-195 West from Warren Avenue/Veterans Memorial Parkway. Please follow signed detours. Overnight left lane closures on both sides of I-195 are also scheduled for deck work, waterproofing and paving.

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