Motorists reminded to stay in their lane
Providence – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists about
the new traffic pattern on I-95 South near Exit 22 (Routes 6/10; Downtown) and Exit
21 (Atwells Avenue) in Providence, which opened Saturday morning. Tomorrow is the
first time weekday commuters will experience the latest changes, which continue
to include a divided highway configuration.
Motorists will have one through lane for I-95 South to the left of the split on
the old Viaduct bridge and two through lanes to the right on the new bridge. All
three through lanes will remain for I-95 South traffic. Exit 21 will still be
in the far right lane.
RIDOT is shifting the lanes one at a time as it completes the necessary construction
to fully open the new Providence Viaduct southbound bridge.
The Department is using pavement striping, traffic signs, and concrete barriers
to implement these changes in three phases. The approximate schedule of the remaining
* Phase II: Installed Saturday, October 29, with one through lane to the left on
the old bridge and two through lanes to the right on the new bridge. Traffic taking
Exit 21 will have access to the far right lane (which is an exit-only lane for Atwells
* Phase III: In mid-November there will be no traffic splits, with all three lanes
open on the new bridge and one exit-only lane for Exit 21.
RIDOT encourages all motorists to reduce their speed and drive safely through all
work zones. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. RIDOT will
continue to provide frequent updates on these traffic pattern changes – visit