Projects - Metropolitan Providence

The RhodeWorks plan to repair roads and bridges was approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Gina M. Raimondo on February 11, 2016. The legislation (2016-H 7409Aaa, 2016 - S 2246Aaa) creates a funding source that will allow the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to repair more than 150 structurally deficient bridges and make repairs to another 500 bridges to prevent them from becoming deficient, bringing 90 percent of the State's bridges into structural sufficiency by 2025.

Project Summary List

6/10 Interchange - The replacement/rehabilitation of 9 bridges

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2018
  • Finish Construction: 2023
  • Total Projected Cost: $410 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes
The Route 6/10 Interchange Reconstruction project is the largest single construction contract ever awarded in Rhode Island at $410 million. This massive project will reconstruct the entire interchange while replacing or removing the seven structurally deficient bridges in the interchange. Project plan highlights include:

  • Removal of the Huntington Viaduct (Route 10 southbound) and the roadway lowered to approximately the grade of Route 10 northbound and below reconstructed bridges carrying Westminster Street and Broadway.
  • Construction of the missing move from Route 10 northbound to Route 6 westbound by a flyover ramp, improving regional traffic flow and reducing local traffic congestion in Olneyville.
  • Replacement of the Tobey Street on-ramp with a new two-way connection between Tobey Street and Harris Avenue to enhance access across the highway at this location. A new Harris Avenue connection to either Route 6 westbound or Route 10 southbound (including a new one-way westerly service road) to address traffic weaving issues at the existing on-ramp.
  • Construction of new bridge crossings over the highway for Westminster Street, Broadway, and Harris Avenue/Tobey Street with wider boulevards to include new, multi-use paths providing separate, safe routes for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • New bicycle/pedestrian paths extending through the project area from Union Street to Tobey Street that would enhance connectivity among area neighborhoods and provide a substantial portion of a connection between the Woonasquatucket River Bikeway and Washington Secondary Bike Path.
  • Better local traffic circulation and improved access.
  • Gateway aesthetics: Additional measures taken for landscaping and visual improvements.

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Washington Bridge

  • Location: East Providence
  • Start Construction: 2018
  • Finish Construction: 2020
  • Total Projected Cost: $22.329 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes
Although work has been ongoing underneath the bridge for about a year, a new phase of work on the bridge rehabilitation project for the portion of the Washington Bridge that carries westbound traffic from East Providence to Providence starts on August 6, 2018.

The work includes building a temporary on-ramp for motorists to use for access to I-195 west from Taunton Avenue/Route 44. This will be followed by a series of traffic pattern changes to accommodate the work. The Gano Street off-ramp (Exit 3) will be closed and the temporary on ramp will open around August 20. The regular on-ramp from Taunton Avenue will be closed. These changes will be in place until Fall of 2019.

This part of the Washington Bridge is a separate structure from the eastbound portion which RIDOT replaced in the late 2000s. The last major rehabilitation of the westbound portion was 20 years ago. This portion carries 70,000 vehicles daily and is structurally deficient.

Waterfront Parks

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2018
  • Finish Construction: 2019
  • Total Projected Cost: $9.205 Million
  • Detours Needed: No
This project works in tandem with construction of the beautiful pedestrian bridge which will span the Providence River. The project includes the construction of waterfront park improvements along the east and west side of the river. Site work includes construction of concrete walkways, stone dust walkways, pre-cast concrete modular block and cast-in-place retaining walls, site lighting/electrical, landscaping and some site furnishings.

Broad Street Regeneration

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2019
  • Finish Construction: 2022
  • Total Projected Cost: $11.546 Million
  • Detours Needed: No
Approximately three miles in length, Broad Street runs through the Town of Cumberland, City of Central Falls, and City of Pawtucket. Proposed work will consist of pedestrian and streetscape improvements including, but not limited to, installing trash and recycling receptacles, outdoor seating, new decorative street lighting, improved signage at crosswalks, replacement of the existing sidewalk and curb, ADA improvements, and possible upgrades to the existing signal equipment.