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 approximately 90,000 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


Starting tonight, Friday, April 19 at 9 p.m., motorists can expect alternating lane closures on I-195 West, from South Main Street to Broadway, to implement the new six lane traffic pattern. Once in place on Saturday morning, April 20 by 9 a.m., we will have three through lanes for westbound traffic and three for eastbound traffic on the eastbound bridge. Next week, overnight alternating lane closures are also scheduled at this project to mill, pave and stripe on both directions of I-195 through the crossover, from South Main Street to the Washington Bridge, Sunday-Friday (April 26) nights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. We’ll also reconfigure existing barrier and install signage.

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