Lane split on Providence Viaduct ends Wednesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The traffic pattern on Interstate 95 through Providence is due for one more change.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says the change planned to go into effect Wednesday morning will restore the previous pattern on I-95 South past the city’s downtown, eliminating a lane split that was put in place during construction of the new Providence Viaduct.

The split was first introduced last month and caused a massive traffic jam.

To prepare for the change, transportation officials say they will close some lanes overnight on I-95 South on weeknights, starting at Charles Street. Lanes will are planned to reopen by 6 a.m.

The Providence Viaduct carries 220,000 vehicles daily, making it one of the busiest stretches of interstate on the East Coast.