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DOT to revert to old traffic pattern after delays, confusion

The state Department of Transportation says it plans to restore the old alignment of highway lanes on Interstate 95 in Providence after its new traffic pattern resulted in delays and driver confusion.

The agency had begun transitioning lanes on I-95 South at Exit 21 to a new bridge being built as part of the Providence Viaduct Replacement Project. Southbound traffic was split in half Tuesday, with two lanes on the old bridge and two lanes on the new bridge.

Director Peter Alviti says the agency failed to let people know in advance what would be happening and didn't have adequate signs to direct drivers through the new alignment.

The department will revert the highway back to the original traffic pattern on Tuesday night and it will remain effective until Saturday morning.

Rhode Island Features


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