PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Major traffic during the morning commute and over 11 car crashes on Tuesday forced the RIDOT to back track on their construction plans.
It was the sudden switch to one lane of through traffic onto the new bridge that caused confusion. Many drivers on the right that thought they were being pushed off 1-95 South.
The construction zone reverted back to its original traffic pattern on Tuesday night but the RIDOT plans to try the switch again Saturday.
“This is certainly an endeavor that we are going to need a lot of help from the public,” said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti.
Phase one will consist of two through lanes of traffic to the left on the old bridge and one through lane to the right on the new bridge.
Alviti said that “the construction that will be done over the next four weeks is the final construction necessary to move the three lanes of traffic on the old bridge to the three lanes of traffic on the new bridge.”
Final touches to excavation and paving done one lane at a time will match the new bridge to the existing Route 95 highway, according to the RIDOT.
Phase two is set to begin a week later and will involve one through lane open on the old bridge and two lanes on the new.
The final phase will feature no traffic splits and all three lanes on the new bridge. The RIDOT hopes for that to begin in early November.
“The good news is after all this trouble, there will be a new bridge,” said Alviti.