New shifts for Apponaug Circulator traffic patterns

(Julianne Peixoto, WPRI-TV)

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Next week, drivers traveling through the Apponaug Circulator will be faced with three new changes in traffic patterns, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

Traffic going westbound will now use a new Veterans Memorial Drive Extension, in order to connect to Route 117 West, I-95 and the Toll Gate Hospital area without traffic lights. Eastbound traffic on 117 won’t change.

However, westbound travel on Route 117 (Centerville Road) at Apponaug Four Corners will not be permitted; drivers won’t be able to turn onto the road from Route 1 (Post Road) or Greenwich Avenue.

Crews will also open a section of Greenwich Avenue to northbound traffic, between Apponaug Four Corners and the roundabout at Greenwich Avenue and Veterans Memorial Drive.

The project, priced at $71 million, is on budget and about one month ahead of schedule, the DOT’s Charles St. Martin said Wednesday. A roundabout portion of the sprawling project opened in late August. The project is expected to be fully finished next fall.