Traffic changes set for Route 6/10 Interchange project

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation provided this picture of deterioration on the Route 6/10 Connector.

Officials with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said Friday warned drivers Friday that significant changes are coming to the Route 6/10 Connector as part of a reconstruction project to address decades of neglect.

The changes that start Nov. 9 will affect drivers on Route 6 east and west and Route 10 north and south. Some are expected to be in place for about two years.

"We're expecting delays in the range of about 6 to 10 minutes depending upon what phase of construction that were in," RIDOT Director Peter Alviti said.

Delays are also dependent on weather and other unpredictable circumstances.

The Broadway off-ramp coming from Route 6 east into Providence will be closed for about two years. The suggested detour: Drivers should get off earlier at Hartford Avenue, which will eventually get them to Broadway.

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That's just part of the work.

"During the next week, we'll have more intense discussion as to exactly what to expect," Alviti said.

Some other traffic pattern adjustments near the Route 6/10 interchange are expected to last a year.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2023, and as of now it's not running over its $410 million budget.

Officials said they've taken steps to make sure the change in traffic pattern goes smoother than traffic changes recently did on Interstate 195 near the Washington Bridge.

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