Lane shift on I-95 South in Providence goes into effect Saturday

Providence viaduct I-95 South lane changes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Another lane shift on I-95 in Providence is scheduled for this weekend.

Under the new traffic pattern, the far left lane will remain on the old bridge while the second and third lanes from the left will be on the new bridge. The far right lane is still for Exit 21.

All of the lanes will continue traveling along I-95 past the Providence Place Mall.

“The message is still the same here,” said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr.thumbnail_ridot-lanes-graphic

Road work to move the middle lane will begin at 9 p.m Friday night and the switch will be complete by 6 a.m Saturday. Drivers are urged to take it slow through the area.

“If people stay in their lane as they have been for the last week with the traffic pattern we have in place now, this should go rather smoothly,” Alviti added.

The construction is part of the Providence Viaduct Replacement Project.

The first phase was implemented Oct. 18 – with two lanes on each bridge – but confusion among drivers led to a major traffic jam. RIDOT decided to revert the lanes back until the following weekend, after bigger signs were put in place.

The final lane shift will take place in November, after which all lanes will be on the new Viaduct bridge.