Final I-95 lane shift to go into effect Thursday morning

Providence Viaduct lane shift phase III

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The confusion stemming from lane changes on I-95 in downtown Providence will soon come to an end.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) expects to have the third phase of the new traffic pattern in place by 6 a.m. Thursday. At that time, all travel lanes will have been moved onto the new Providence Viaduct bridge.

The change was initially planned for Wednesday morning, but was postponed due to the weather conditions.

The lane for Exit 21 remains on the far right, while the remaining three lanes continue on I-95 southbound.

In addition, the two left lanes between Exit 23 and Exit 21 will be closed for construction from 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Drivers are urged to take it slow through the construction zone.

The changes are part of the Providence Viaduct Replacement Project, which aims to increase safety and reduce congestion on the busy thruway by gradually replacing the bridges on both the northbound and southbound sides of the highway.