RIDOT will be closing Exit 2 (South Main Street) off of Route 195 westbound this weekend. The closure will allow RIDOT to reconfigure the ramp and prepare for further demolition of the old Route 195.
On Friday night, June 4, RIDOT will begin a weekend-long operation to relocate the ramp for Exit 2 (South Main Street) from I-195 West. The ramp’s entrance and exit point will be changing, and for the first time there will be a traffic signal at the end of the ramp.
In order to complete the work necessary to relocate the ramp, RIDOT will close Exit 2 for the entire weekend. The ramp will be reopened before the morning commute on Monday, June 7. Motorists seeking access to the East Side of Providence should use Exit 3 (Gano Street) or Exit 1A (Point Street) during this time.
Exit 2 currently carries motorists on a bridge over Wickenden Street and then merges into South Main Street. The new off ramp will meet Wickenden Street at a traffic signal. The new intersection will feature three lanes, and allow access to Wickenden Street, Point Street and South Main Street in the following manner:
- Left lane is for left turns onto Point Street. Motorists also can proceed straight onto South Main Street.
- Center lane allows through traffic onto South Main Street only.
- Right lane allows right turns onto Wickenden Street only and provides access to Benefit Street.
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