Rhode Island begins I-295 paving project

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently broke ground on the $36 million I-295 paving project.

“Our administration has a plan and historic federal funding to finally tackle Rhode Island’s worst roads and bridges,” Gov. Dan McKee said Sept. 7. week and create well-paying jobs in the process.

The project will repave more than 40 miles of interstate highway and will be completed in two phases. Phase one resurfaces from the Massachusetts state line to the Route 44 interchange while phase two resurfaces from Route 44 to I-95.

Other work includes paving on and off ramps, stormwater improvements, and resurfacing two small sections of deteriorated pavement on I-95 in Pawtucket, from Lonsdale Avenue to Walcott Street.

I-295 carries 50,000 vehicles per day and has not been paved since 2004. The section of I-95 in Pawtucket carries 110,000 vehicles per day.

The work should be completed in 2024.

It’s part of RIDOT’s five-year, $492 million program to repave Rhode Island’s worst roads. I-295 is the first $92 million paving project scheduled for this year.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure and Improvement Act and RhodeWorks are funding the project.

Lynn A. Saleh