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RI State Police and Providence Police Announce Road Closures/Lane Restrictions for National Governors Association Summer Meeting
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island State Police and Providence Police Department say
motorists should expect some road closures, lane restrictions and detours in
downtown Providence later this week as the city hosts the National Governors
Association Summer Meeting from Thursday, July 13, through Sunday, July 16.
Business meetings will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, however other
events and social gatherings are scheduled in Providence and Newport. Additional
state and local police have been assigned to provide security and assist with
traffic throughout the conference and at various venues.
Road closures and lane restrictions include:
* Wednesday noon through Sunday noon: West Exchange Street, between Sabin Street
and the Service Road, will be closed to traffic during the conference at the
* Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.: Mathewson Street from Fountain Street to Weybosset
Street will be closed to traffic during an event at the Providence Performing Arts
* Friday 4 to 10 p.m.: Memorial Boulevard, from Exchange Street to Francis
Street; Francis Street, from Memorial Boulevard to Hayes Street; Hayes Street to
Smith Street; and Gaspee Street, from Francis Street to Smith Street, will have
lane restrictions during an event at the State House, followed by a special
presentation of WaterFire.
Other temporary road closures and lane restrictions will be in effect at various
times and locations, depending on events. (No road closures are expected during an
event in Newport on Saturday, July 15.)
People who live and work in Providence should expect increased traffic, but
otherwise should not be impacted by the event. The Convention Center will be closed
to the general public all four days, with increased security in and around the
building. Any protesters will be directed to Mathewson Street at Sabin Street.