Greater City Providence

Where Route 195 used to be…

Won’t it be so cool when we can finally say that? On Thursday morning (weather permitting) the Iway project brings us another step closer.

Video by Jef Nickerson


RIDOT is getting ready to open the next major segment of the Iway to traffic on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The change will take place during the overnight hours on Wednesday, June 17 and be in place for the Thursday morning commute.

All motorists driving on I-195 West will be impacted by this change, and should plan extra time to become used to the new traffic pattern. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

Just as is the case today, motorists on I-195 West who want to access I-95 South will need to use the left lanes while motorists seeking to access I-95 North will need to use the right lanes. The main difference is that the split will now occur just after Exit 3 (Gano Street) and the Washington Bridge. Motorists should move into the correct lanes before they pass over the Washington Bridge.


Map from RIDOT

More maps and detour information here.

ProJo has a video showing the new alignments. Personally, I can’t figure out how to get to Route 95 south from Federal Hill now, nice to know people in East Providence will be as confused as me soon. 🙂

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • mmmm…If traffic is like this every morning all summer – packed from the EP side to Gano St, I am seriously tempted to do that “bikes on the freeway” thing. Downhill, very short stretch. (“Bad Speck!” Whacks with rolled up newspaper.)

  • Love the photo on the ProJo Blog here of someone who obviously didn’t get the memo.

    I bet you could stand on the India Point Bridge Bridge this morning for three minutes and take three of those photos.

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