Save the date: I-295 to start getting renumbered Nov. 27

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — “It’s where Shooters used to be.” “It’s where Building 19 used to be.”

The classic Rhode Islanders’ directions using long-gone locations could start confounding travelers on I-295 starting the week after Thanksgiving.

More than a year in the works, the R.I. Department of Transportation (RIDOT) said Tuesday the agency will finally start installing new renumbered highway exit signs on I-295 the week of Nov. 27. The new signs will use exit numbers based on mile markers, bringing them in line with federal regulations enacted in 2009.

The project will start at the northern end of I-295 in Cumberland and proceed south to Warwick.

There may be some minor traffic delays during sign installation, RIDOT’s Charles St. Martin said Tuesday. The work will take place during both daytime and overnight hours, depending on the weather.

The department said it is maintaining contact with electronic mapping and GPS navigation companies to keep them aware and updated on exit changes.

All of the highways in Rhode Island will get new exit numbers over the course of a three-year project.

The department has created an interactive map to examine the new exit numbers at its website.

The new and old exit numbers for I-295 will be:

Going northbound from Warwick:

Exit 1, Rte. 113 West/West Warwick, becomes Exit 1A
Exit 2, Rte. 2 North/Cranston, becomes Exit 1B

Exit 3A, Rte. 37 East/Cranston, stays the same
Exit 3B, Rte. 37 West/Phenix Ave., stays the same

Exit 4, Rte. 14/Plainfield Pike, becomes Exit 6
Exit 5, R.I. Resource Recovery, becomes Exit 7
Exit 6A, Rte. 6 East/Providence, becomes Exit 9A
Exit 6B, I-295 South/Warwick, becomes Exit 9B
Exit 6C, Rte. 6 West/Hartford, becomes Exit 9C

A new exit will be added, Exit 10, at Greenville Ave.

Exit 7A, Rte. 44 East/North Providence, becomes Exit 12A
Exit 7B, Rte. 44 West/Smithfield, becomes Exit 12B
Exit 8A, Rte. 7 South/North Providence, becomes Exit 15A
Exit 8B, Rte. 7 North/North Smithfield, becomes Exit 15B
Exit 9A, Rte. 146 South/Lincoln, becomes Exit 18A
Exit 9B, Rte. 146 North/Woonsocket, becomes Exit 18B
Exit 10, Rte. 122/Cumberland, becomes Exit 20
Exit 11, Rte. 114/Cumberland, becomes Exit 22

Going southbound from Cumberland:

Exit 11, Rte. 114/Cumberland, becomes Exit 22
Exit 10, Rte. 122/Cumberland, becomes Exit 20
Exit 9B, Rte. 146 North/Woonsocket, becomes Exit 18B
Exit 9A, Rte. 146 South/Lincoln, becomes Exit 18A
Exit 8B, Rte. 7 North/North Smithfield, becomes Exit 15B
Exit 8A, Rte. 7 South/North Providence, becomes Exit 15A
Exit 7B, Rte. 44 West/Smithfield, becomes Exit 12B
Exit 7A, Rte. 44 East/North Providence, becomes Exit 12A

A new exit will be added, Exit 10, at Greenville Ave.

Exit 6C, Rte. 6 West/Hartford, becomes Exit 9C
Exit 6A, Rte. 6 East/Providence, becomes Exit 9A
Exit 5, R.I. Resource Recovery, becomes Exit 7
Exit 4, Rte. 14/Plainfield Pike, becomes Exit 6
Exit 3B, Rte. 37 West/Phenix Ave., stays the same
Exit 3A, Rte. 37 East/T.F. Green Airport, stays the same
Exit 2, Rte. 2 South/Warwick, becomes Exit 1B
Exit 1, Rte. 113 West/West Warwick, becomes Exit 1A