‘Concentrate’: RIDOT shifting visitors onto new Windfall Viaduct

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Heads up when you usually drive by Windfall by way of I-95 North.

Starting Friday night time, the Rhode Island Division of Transportation (RIDOT) will shift visitors onto the newly constructed Windfall Viaduct.

The high-speed lane would be the first to shift onto the brand new bridge, with visitors being redirected by a lane break up simply earlier than Exit 22.

The lane break up will likely be put in Friday night time into Saturday morning.

“The world will likely be very nicely signed,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti mentioned. “We can have indicators directing folks into the right lanes. We simply ask you to concentrate.”

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Alviti is warning drivers that the high-speed lane will likely be pressured onto the bridge and can now not be capable of entry Route 146 as a result of lane break up.

“In case you are within the high-speed lane by chance, you’ll have to take the Department Avenue exit and form of loop by town streets in the direction of the state workplaces,” he defined.

He’s additionally urging drivers to not instantly decelerate or change lanes on the break up to forestall crashes and extra visitors delays.

The remaining lanes will migrate onto the brand new bridge over the subsequent two weeks.

As soon as all of the visitors has been diverted off of the outdated bridge, Alviti mentioned will probably be demolished to make manner for a brand new ramp configuration that may separate merging visitors from I-95 by visitors.

Your entire venture is anticipated to be accomplished by fall 2025.

The Windfall Viaduct Northbound Challenge, which prices roughly $265 million, started again in August 2020. The bridge is the third-most traveled a part of the I-95 hall within the Northeast and has been the topic of loads of put on and tear through the years, in accordance with RIDOT.