Starting December 6th (weather permitting) the end of Route 195 and the reconnection of Downcity and the Jewelry District begins. All traffic on Route 195 eastbound will move to the new Iway alignment and old Route 195 (including exits 1 and 2) closes, for good.
The RIDOT website has the rundown on what’s closing, what’s opening, and how to get from A to B. Expect mass confusion once the switch happens as traffic from Route 95 south to Route 195 east will now exit on the right instead of the left as it currently does (visions of cars zooming all the way across 95 to reach 195 are dancing in my head).
Moving traffic off 195 east allows for the construction of connections for 195 west to the new Iway alignment and eventually, the demolition of the old Route 195.