To keep traffic moving during the Providence Viaduct Replacement Project, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has opened a temporary Exit 22 (Downtown Providence/Routes 6 &10/Providence Place) off of I-95 South. While the temporary exit is in use, a new Exit 22 will be constructed, and work will continue on the new I-95 South bridge. By October 2015, traffic should shift to the new permanent Exit 22.
The Viaduct is an 8 lane highway consisting of two bridge structures that carry I-95 through the capital city. Built for an average of 57,500 vehicles a day, the Viaduct currently carries 220,000 daily vehicle crossings, making it one of the most heavily traveled stretches of highway on the East Coast. It is also a key access point for downtown businesses and attractions. Work on the southbound bridge began last year through a $66.8 million contract, and the project is scheduled for completion in late 2016. For more information, visit RIDOT’s website.