Project to begin with the Diamond Hill Road interchange the week of November 27

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists that the installation of new signage as part of a federally mandated highway renumbering program for its Interstate and other limited-access highways starts next week. The entire I-295 corridor will be done first, starting the week of November 27.

Over the course of two weeks RIDOT will update the signage, starting with the Diamond Hill Road/Route 114 interchange in Cumberland. The Department will complete signage updates at an entire interchange before moving on to the next one.

The project will proceed from north to south, covering all of I-295 in Rhode Island from Cumberland to Warwick. The Exit 3/Route 37 interchange is located at Mile Marker 3, and will not need to be changed. The first week of the project, old exits 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be changed. The following week, old exits 1, 2 and 4 will be renumbered. Minor traffic delays may be possible during sign installation. Work will take place during daytime and overnight hours. All schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

All signs leading up to the exit and at all the off-ramps will be updated to reflect the change. RIDOT will install temporary signs with the old exit number and will leave them for an extended period of time so drivers can become accustomed to the change.

The new exit numbers will be keyed to mile markers - a system used throughout the country for many years. Rhode Island and some of its neighboring New England states are among the last in the country to change to this method of numbering.

A mile-marker exit number system lets drivers know how far they need to travel to reach their desired off-ramp. It also allows for easier expansion for future interchanges since the entire highway would not have to be renumbered to accommodate a new exit number.

The new and old exit numbers for I-295 will be:

I-295 North

I-95 in Warwick to Massachusetts Line in Cumberland

OLD EXIT NUMBER
NEW EXIT NUMBER
LOCATION
1
1A
Rte. 113 West/West Warwick
2
1B
Rte. 2 North/Cranston
3A
3A
Rte. 37 East/Cranston
3B
3B
Rte. 37 West/Phenix Ave.
4
6
Rte. 14/Plainfield Pike
5
7
R.I. Resource Recovery
6A
9A
Rte. 6 East/Providence
6B
9B
I-295 South/Warwick
6C
9C
Rte. 6 West/Hartford
-
10
Greenville Ave. (New)
7A
12A
Rte. 44 East/North Providence
7B
12B
Rte. 44 West/Smithfield
8A
15A
Rte. 7 South/North Providence
8B
15B
Rte. 7 North/North Smithfield
9A
18A
Rte. 146 South/Lincoln
9B
18B
Rte. 146 North/Woonsocket
10
20
Rte. 122/Cumberland
11
22
Rte. 114/Cumberland

I-295 South

Massachusetts Line in Cumberland to I-95 in Warwick

OLD EXIT NUMBER
NEW EXIT NUMBER
LOCATION
11
22
Rte. 114/Cumberland
10
20
Rte. 122/Cumberland
9B
18B
Rte. 146 North/Woonsocket
9A
18A
Rte. 146 South/Lincoln
8B
15B
Rte. 7 North/North Smithfield
8A
15A
Rte. 7 South/North Providence
7B
12B
Rte. 44 West/Smithfield
7A
12A
Rte. 44 East/North Providence
-
10
Greenville Ave. (New)
6C
9C
Rte. 6 West/Hartford
6A
9A
Rte. 6 East/Providence
5
7
R.I. Resource Recovery
4
6
Rte. 14/Plainfield Pike
3B
3B
Rte. 37 West/Phenix Ave.
3A
3A
Rte. 37 East/T.F. Green Airport
2
1B
Rte. 2 South/Warwick
1
1A
Rte. 113 West/West Warwick

RIDOT reached out to communities, businesses and organizations along the I-295 corridor to notify them of the change. The Department also contacted electronic mapping and GPS companies to inform them of the new exit numbers.

Motorists can explore an interactive map showing the new and old exit numbers for I-295 at www.ridot.net/ExitNumbers.

RIDOT is developing schedules for the continued renumbering of highways to a mile-marker system. The project will include I-95 and I-195, as well as Routes 4, 10, 24, 37, 78, 403 and the Airport Connector.