The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has announced plans and dates to close a nearby section of Route 2 (Quaker Lane/South County Trail), both northbound and southbound, on four separate occasions beginning Tuesday, August 19, that will affect travel to NEIT’s East Greenwich (EG) Campus. This plan will allow RIDOT to replace the I-95 bridges that span Route 2 with new bridge structures that have recently been assembled on adjacent sites.
The following provides (1) SUGGESTED ROUTES as to how to avoid the construction and road closures and (2) PLANNED DATES OF THE CONSTRUCTION as provided by the Department of Transportation (RIDOT). For additional or updated information about this project visit RIDOT’s website at http://www.dot.ri.gov/.) SUGGESTED ROUTES: Here are some suggested “work arounds” to facilitate your travel to the EG Campus. (If you live nearby and walk to NEIT using Route 2 in that area, please see the last suggestion.) Traveling Southbound on Route 95: take Exit 9 (the left-hand exit onto the Route 4 ‘split’) and take the first exit (Exit 8) “Division Road” then take a left at the light at the end of the ramp (opposite the Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant). Travel along Division Road until you cross Route 2. Traveling Northbound on Route 95: You would continue to take exit 8A onto Route 2 South, as this exit will remain open at all times. Alternatively, you could take Exit 7 off of Route 95, to avoid possible construction delays as you approach Route 2. From Exit 7 (New London Turnpike.) take a right. New London Turnpike ends at Division Road. Take a left onto Division Road to reach NEIT. Traveling Southbound on Route 2 (South County Trail/Quaker Lane): DON’T! If you haven’t already identified an alternate approach, RIDOT will detour you onto I-95 South at the ramp just beyond Cardi’s Furniture on Route 2, then to Exit 7 (New London Turnpike). From there, take a left onto New London Turnpike, then either take a left onto the ramp for I-95 North to Exit 8-A (the continuation of Route 2 South after a 5-mile detour) or take a left where New London Turnpike turns onto Division Road, as described in the example above. The Division Road option is a mile longer but may be quicker, depending on construction traffic. Another option from Quaker Lane is to take Cowesett Road, heading east, to Love Lane in Warwick. At the end of Love Lane, turn right onto Division Street. Division Street then merges into Division Road at the stop sign. Continue west on Division Road to NEIT. Walking on Route 2: Contact the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) Flex Bus Service to request transportation by a Flex Bus to the NEIT campus. This service is by reservation only, with 48 hours notice (not including Saturday and Sunday) required. Information about RIPTA’s Flex Bus service can be found at http://www.ripta.com/flex-service. PLANNED DATES OF THE CONSTRUCTION: Route 2, both north and south, at the overpass carrying I-95 traffic, will be closed on four separate dates in August, as follows:
- Tuesday, August 19 – starting at 10:00 p.m. – through Wednesday morning commute August 20
- Friday, August 22 – starting at noontime – through afternoon commute
- Sunday, August 24 – starting at 7:00 a.m. – until 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 26 – starting at 9:00 p.m. – through 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 27
The Wednesday (8/20) morning commute and the Friday (8/22) afternoon commute would be of most concern to members of the NEIT community and to visitors to the EG Campus.
During these construction periods, traffic on I-95 will experience lane shifts, with both northbound and southbound traffic using one bridge while the other is being replaced.