Work underway to improve I-95's Providence Viaduct; project expected to cost $193M

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Work is underway to replace and improve Interstate 95's Providence Viaduct, one of the busiest stretches of interstate on the East Coast.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1qUauiL ) that several improvements are planned on the stretch of highway, which carries traffic past the city's downtown.

They include widening lanes to 12 feet, replacing an overpass and widening Exit 21 to Federal Hill so traffic does not back up onto the highway.

The viaduct was built in 1964 and the state Department of Transportation says it is deteriorating and badly in need of replacement.

Southbound lanes will be replaced first, and traffic is expected to shift onto them next year. The northbound lanes are expected to be completed in fall 2021.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $193 million.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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