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 Reconstruction

  • 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.

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I-95 Northbound Viaduct

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2020
  • Finish Construction: 2025
  • Total Projected Cost: $265 Million
  • Detours Needed: Not at This Time

This project will replace the structurally deficient northbound section of the Providence Viaduct Bridge. This large structure carries the highest volume of highway traffic in Rhode Island and is a critical transportation link for the city and state.

Thanks to the efforts of Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation in securing a $60.3 million federal INFRA grant, we not only will replace the Viaduct, but will rebuild 11 bridges in total, many of which are of critical safety concern and will correct the inefficiencies, congestion and safety issues that exist today.

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Henderson Bridge No. 600 & Henderson Expressway

  • Location: Providence/East Providence
  • Start Construction: 2020
  • Finish Construction: 2024
  • Total Projected Cost: $88.5 Million
  • Detours Needed: Limited

Known as the Red Bridge, Henderson is a 26-span steel girder structure spanning 2,000 feet over the Seekonk River. It carries 20,000 vehicles per day and connects the cities of Providence and East Providence.

The bridge was over built. RIDOT will demolish it and build a narrower structure with two lanes of travel in the westbound direction and one lane of travel in the eastbound direction.

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Bridge Group 1

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2019
  • Finish Construction: 2022
  • Total Projected Cost: $18.5 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes

This project is addressing a number of bridge deficiencies and maintenance issues for five bridges in Providence, including those that carry essential roads connecting neighborhoods and business districts on either side of the I-95 corridor.

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Broad Street Regeneration

  • Location: Pawtucket/Central Falls/Cumberland
  • Start Construction: 2020
  • Finish Construction: 2022
  • Total Projected Cost: $18.2 Million
  • Detours Needed: Limited

Our project for Broad Street covers a three-mile corridor starting at Exchange Street in Pawtucket, through Central Falls and ending at Mendon Road in Cumberland. The work includes a new road surface, new curbs and sidewalks, ADA improvements, new bike lanes, upgraded drainage systems and traffic signals, and a number of other pedestrian and streetscape improvements to make the corridor safer for all users.

The project also includes drainage repairs on Mendon Road from Route 99 to Ann & Hope Way in Cumberland.

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Bridge Group 32

  • Location: Providence/Cranston
  • Start Construction: 2021
  • Finish Construction: 2023
  • Total Projected Cost: $37.69 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes

Our Bridge Group 32 project will address four bridges on the Cranston/Providence line. It includes replacing the bridges carrying I-95 over Elmwood Avenue and Wellington Avenue, as well as rehabilitation of the ramp bridges carrying traffic from I-95 North to Route 10 North (Huntington North) and Route 10 South to I-95 North (Huntington South).

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Greenville Avenue Bridge

  • Location: Johnston
  • Start Construction: 2020
  • Finish Construction: 2022
  • Total Projected Cost: $16.5 Million
  • Detours Needed: Limited

We are replacing the Greenville Avenue Bridge, which is actually two spans that carry I-295 over Greenville Avenue at the Exit 10 interchange in Johnston.

To minimize the effect on highway traffic, we built a temporary bridge in between the two bridges and will shift traffic onto it as needed. In 2020 we demolished and replaced the southbound bridge. In 2021, we will replace the northbound bridge.

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Reservoir Avenue Railroad Bridge

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2021
  • Finish Construction: 2022
  • Total Projected Cost: $13.8 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes

RIDOT will completely replace this 85-year-old bridge, which has been closed to all traffic since July 2020 because of its poor structural condition. At 167 feet long, this large bridge carries Reservoir Avenue over Amtrak freight rail lines and is a vital link for the Elmwood and Reservoir Avenue neighborhoods, especially for students who walk and bike to Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School.


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Park Avenue Railroad Bridge

  • Location: Providence/Cranston
  • Start Construction: 2021
  • Finish Construction: 2022
  • Total Projected Cost: $11.7 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes

We will completely replace the Park Avenue Railroad Bridge, which carries Park Avenue (Route 12) over Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Elmwood Avenue (Route 1) and Wellington Avenue in Cranston. The bridge has been structurally deficient for many years and dates back to 1906.


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Providence Station State of Good Repair Project

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2022
  • Finish Construction: 2024
  • Total Projected Cost: $25 Million
  • Detours Needed: No

Providence Station is about to get a long-awaited and well-deserved renovation that will make it once again the vibrant urban transit center it is meant to be. This station services more than two million passengers a year, making it the 11th most utilized station in the country. Providence Station has one of the highest riderships in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail system. In addition, freight rail passes through the station by the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company (P&W).


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Providence Multi-Hub Bus Plan

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: TBD
  • Finish Construction: TBD
  • Total Projected Cost: TBD
  • Detours Needed: No

Building on the enthusiastic support for the 2014 bond issue that was predicated on a multi-hub bus system in Providence, RIDOT in partnership with RIPTA, the Governor's office and the City of Providence developed the Multi-Hub Bus plan.

This plan provides important benefits for riders and citizens. First, it spreads out the heavy concentration of buses and pedestrians from the very congested Kennedy Plaza to strategic hubs at the Innovation District, the Providence Train Station and along the edges of Kennedy Plaza. This configuration gives riders access to jobs, educational institutions, entertainment and key intermodal transfers to major northeastern metropolitan areas.


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I-295 Bridges Construction

  • Location: Johnston
  • Start Construction: 2018
  • Finish Construction: 2021
  • Total Projected Cost: $42.6 Million
  • Detours Needed: No
RIDOT is starting a $42.6 million construction project to rehabilitate bridges that carry I-295 at its interchange with Routes 6 and 6A in Johnston (Exit 9). Starting on November 16, 2018, this work will require temporary traffic pattern changes including ramp and lane closures that will create congestion and delays.

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Oxford Street Bridge

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2018
  • Finish Construction: 2020
  • Total Projected Cost: $10.8 Million
  • Detours Needed: Yes (Lane Shifts)

RIDOT is replacing the deck of the Oxford Street Bridge, which carries I-95 over Oxford Street between Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) and the I-195 interchange. As part of this $10.8 million project, we will implement a series of temporary traffic patterns with lane splits so all areas of the bridge deck can be replaced.

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Providence Pedestrian Bridge

  • Location: Providence
  • Start Construction: 2018
  • Finish Construction: 2019
  • Total Projected Cost: $9.205 Million
  • Detours Needed: No
The Providence Pedestrian Bridge 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.