Summer lane shifts, lane splits coming to I-95 near ProvPort

LANE SHIFTS and lane splits are coming to I-95 near exit 18 this summer. The changes are expected to create additional traffic at peak times.
LANE SHIFTS and lane splits are coming to I-95 near exit 18 this summer. The changes are expected to create additional traffic at peak times.

PROVIDENCE – Another lane shift is coming to Interstate 95 in Providence, the R.I. Department of Transportation announced Friday.

A lane shift will be employed as part of the Oxford Street Bridge rehabilitation project this summer for northbound and southbound traffic between exit 18 and the I-195 interchange.

The southbound lane shift is planned to go into effect June 28.

In mid-July, the department will introduce a split lane traffic pattern for both directions of I-95, similar to one employed last year. The traffic shift is expected to be finished by the end of summer.

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RIDOT warned that the traffic pattern shift will result in increased delays. It particularly cited the Thurbers Avenue and Allens Avenue on ramp near the Port of Providence as a potential bottleneck.

RIDOT asked that motorists do not stop at the lane shifts, as it could trigger an accident or traffic congestion.

The rehabilitation work on the bridge is part of RhodeWorks.