August 18, 2017


Good afternoon,


Starting next Wednesday, August 23-Thursday, August 31, we have a temporary detour in Apponaug in order to place and cure a concrete crosswalk. More information is available here.




Apponaug Circulator, Warwick



Our ongoing traffic pattern continues at Apponaug Four Corners (Post Road) at Centerville Road and Greenwich Avenue. Motorists need to stay to the right of the barrels. Please note: work on the center roundabout area will continue in the middle of the barrels. Intermittent lane closures are possible during construction.


We have a temporary truck detour in place through Monday, August 28 for curbing and concrete placement as part of the ongoing Apponaug Circulator project. All tractor trailers heading north on Post Road toward Apponaug Four Corners/Greenwich Avenue are required to turn right and follow the signed detour though the village, using Post Road to Veterans Memorial Drive.


Route 117 (Centerville Road), east of Meadow Street to Post Road, including the bridge, remains closed to through traffic for bridge rehabilitation work until the final traffic configuration is implemented.  Local traffic access is maintained to the businesses. At Post Road Village, from Apponaug Four Corners to Spruce Street, we have a lane shift and intermittent shoulder closures for curb installation and sidewalk work, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with one lane of travel in effect around the clock. Parking may also be impacted within the construction zone. Expect delays and seek alternate routes if possible.   




Division Street Bridge, Pawtucket



Division Street East over the Division Street Bridge, from Pleasant Street to Water Street, is closed for bridge rail installation weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September. Westbound travel is not restricted.  Local traffic is being detoured via Main Street and School Street, with an advanced detour available on I-95 North at Exit 28 (School Street). On Taft Street under the Division Street Bridge, our masonry work continues, with a lane shift in place through the end of August.




Newman Avenue Bridge, East Providence



Our traffic pattern remains on Newman Avenue as we complete concrete placement on the bridge's sidewalk. We have alternating one-way traffic, with a left lane closure, from Barney Street to the Massachusetts state line.




Pawtucket Avenue Bridge, East Providence


Over the past week, we finished painting the barrier, raising all of the drainage structures and installing the asphalt top coat along the new center median barrier.  Also, on I-195 West, we relocated the temporary barrier to the right shoulder at the north abutment of the bridge, and we plan to make the switch on I-195 East on Sunday night.


On I-195 East and West, from Exit 6 (Route 103/Broadway) to Exit 8 (Route 6), left and center lane closures for barrier work are scheduled, Friday night, August 18 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. We will also have lane closures for temporary striping within the same project limits, Sunday and Monday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. During the week, we plan to reinstall the light poles and make surface repairs to the north and south bridge abutments.


We are currently scheduled to have a new traffic pattern in place next week for both I-195 East and West.  On Sunday night, we will shift the eastbound travel lanes towards the center median to create a work zone at the abutment adjacent to the right lane.  This shift will restore the fourth lane of travel at this location which has been restricted for the last several months. This same procedure will then take place on Monday night for the westbound lanes.  All schedules are weather dependent. 




Providence River Pedestrian Bridge, Providence



This week, bluestone veneer was completed on the east abutment and began on the west.  The west abutment back wall was placed and curing began, and we continue to backfill both the east and south abutments. Next week, backfilling will continue along with forming and installing rebar at the south abutment.  Electrical conduit and drainage will be installed at the east abutment, and bluestone veneer at the west.




Routes 102 and 117 Roundabout, Coventry



Our ongoing lane shift remains at Routes 102 and 117, with alternating lane closures possible, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Temporary pavement will be placed. Telecommunication utility work continues along with routine inspection and maintenance of erosion control measures. 




Route 138 (East Main Road) ADA Improvements, Portsmouth



We have a right shoulder closure for curb, sidewalk and driveway installation along Route 138 (East Main Road) West, from Turnpike Avenue to Sprague Street, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.                          




Smith Street Resurfacing Improvements, Providence


We are scheduled to continue our paving operation on Route 44 (Smith Street) East and West next week from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., based upon the following schedule:


  • Monday: from River Avenue to Huxley Avenue
  • Tuesday: from Hilltop Avenue to Oakland Avenue


Our curb, sidewalk and driveway placement continues with shoulder closures possible from Chalkstone Avenue to Holden Street, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is restricted within the construction zone, with pedestrians directed to walk on the opposite side of the street from where construction is taking place.




Tefft Hill Trail Bridge, Exeter



We will backfill earth around the I-95 North archway and begin electrical work on Tefft Hill Trail. Paving along I-95 South to complete the temporary widening of the highway in advance of the next lane shift may occur next Thursday and Friday. Please be alert for construction vehicles entering the median daily along I-95 South.


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