Interstate 195 (Rhode Island–Massachusetts)

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Interstate 195 marker

Interstate 195
East Providence Expressway
Route information
Maintained by RIDOT and MassDOT
Length: 44.55 mi (71.70 km)
I-195 highlighed in red.
Existed: 1958 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑95 / US 6 in Providence, RI
  US 44 in Providence, RI
Route 24 in Fall River, MA
Route 140 in New Bedford, MA
East end: I‑495 / Route 25 in Wareham, MA
States: Rhode Island, Massachusetts
Counties: RI: Providence
MA: Bristol, Plymouth
Highway system

Rhode Island Routes

  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
I‑184 RI Route 195
Route 193 MA Route 197
I‑95 I-95E, RI Route 96
I‑95 I-95E, MA Route 96

Interstate 195 (I-195) is an Interstate Highway running a combined 40.1 miles (64.5 km) in the U.S. states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It travels from a junction with I-95 in Providence, Rhode Island, east to a junction with I-495 and Route 25 in Wareham, Massachusetts. It runs east–west and passes through the cities of Fall River, Massachusetts, and New Bedford, Massachusetts. I-195 is occasionally referred to as the East Providence Expressway, but the name is not commonly used outside of the Providence area.

I-195 provides a major direct highway route from New York to Cape Cod via I-95 through Providence as well as for travelers coming from Connecticut, western Massachusetts and other Rhode Island points. Its major junction with I-95 in Downtown Providence provides a direct connection, since improved with the section in downtown Providence being replaced and moved to the south to lie just south of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier.

Route description[edit]

I-195 begins at I-95 at a semi-directional T interchange, known as the Iway Project. The road begins concurrent with US Route 6 (US 6). From there it continues across the Providence River via the Providence River Bridge where it picks up US 44 and US 1A. The road continues into East Providence and all three roads respectively leave the freeway. From there it enters Seekonk, Massachusetts and continues east to Fall River where it has a brief concurrency with Route 24. It then continues through southeastern Massachusetts passing through New Bedford where it has an interchange with Route 140. From there it turns northeast and ends at I-495 and Route 25 with a trumpet interchange.


I-195 in Fall River, photo from 1968
MA-79 split at I-195 near the Braga Bridge

Predating I-195 were two sections of road—Fox Point Boulevard and the Washington Bridge. The Washington Bridge, crossing the Seekonk River between Providence and East Providence, was opened on September 25, 1930, replacing an 1885 swing bridge with a higher bascule bridge. A new eastbound bridge opened in November 1968.[1]

Fox Point Boulevard, later George M. Cohan Boulevard, was a surface boulevard connecting the Washington Bridge west to the Point Street Bridge and downtown Providence. It was built with no cross traffic by using U-turn ramps in the median to reverse direction. This was the last part in Providence to be built as a freeway, opened in December 1968.

The first freeway section came off the west end of Cohan Boulevard and over the Providence River, ending at the one-way pair of Pine Street and Friendship Street, which opened in November 1958. The ramp to Pine Street has been closed, but the entrance from Friendship Street still exists. The I-95 interchange at this end opened in fall 1964; the Pine Street ramp was kept for a while.

The next section to be constructed was the part in East Providence. It opened to the last exit before the state line on December 15, 1959, and was extended into Massachusetts by August 1960.

Before the Interstate Highway System numbering was decided upon, I-195 was planned as a relocation of US 6; in fact, all but the last section was signed as US 6 when built (the first section only eastbound though). In 1957, the number Interstate 95E was assigned, as all intercity routes were numbered before the three-digit Interstate numbering was chosen, and the Providence-New Bedford route was too long to be considered intracity. The I-195 designation was assigned in 1959 with the final numbering. At some time after 1976, the definition of I-195 was extended east to I-495 (which was itself extended).

I-195 still carries US 6, now in both directions, from I-95 to the last interchange before Massachusetts. It also carries US 1A and US 44 over the Washington Bridge and its approaches, though the former has almost no signs.

The Providence River Bridge, prior to being demolished due to realignment of Interstate 195, carried traffic to its western terminus with Interstate 95.


Main article: Iway

I-195's stretch through Providence was reconstructed because of sharp curves and the way the road cuts through part of the city. The relocation made the segment safer for traffic, reunified the Jewellery District with Downcity Providence, and freed up more space. In the process, some 35 buildings, housing over 80 businesses and six residences were demolished.[2] The new stretch of highway is being called the Iway by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation {RIDOT} and includes a signature bridge over the Providence River[3] as well as a landscaped pedestrian walkway over the highway. It connects India Point Park to the Fox Point neighborhood. The IWay was opened in 2009 and estimated to have cost $446 million. The demolition of the old road is to be completed by 2012.[4]

Exit list[edit]

State County Location Mile[5] km Exit Destinations Notes
Rhode Island Providence Providence 0.2 0.3 I‑95 / US 6 west – New York, Boston, Hartford, CT Western end of US 6 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance via I-95 exits 19 and 20
0.2 0.3 1A Point Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.2 0.3 1B Eddy Street To Rhode Island Hospital; westbound exit only
Providence River Providence River Bridge (Iway)
Providence 0.6 1.0 2 India Street / Gano Street Eastbound exit only; westbound entrance part of exit 3
0.8 1.3 2 US 44 west (South Main Street) / US 1A east (Point Street, Wickenden Street) Western end of US 44/US 1A concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.2 1.9 3 Gano Street – India Point, Fox Point Westbound exit and entrance
Seekonk River 0.3 0.5 Washington Bridge
East Providence 1.4 2.3 4 US 44 east (Taunton Avenue) – Riverside Eastern end of US 44 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.5 2.4 5 Route 103 east (Warren Avenue) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; western terminus of Route 103
2.3 3.7 6 Warren Avenue / Broadway / Pawtucket Avenue – East Providence Westbound access to US 44 and Route 103
2.8 4.5 7 Route 114 south – East Providence, Barrington Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
3.0 4.8 8 US 6 east / US 1A north to Route 114 north (Pawtucket Avenue) – Seekonk, MA Eastern end of US 6/US 1A concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Rhode Island–Massachusetts state line
Massachusetts Bristol Seekonk 0.58 0.93 1 Route 114A – Seekonk, Barrington, RI
Swansea 4.62 7.44 2 Route 136 south – Warren, RI, Newport, RI Northern terminus of Route 136
7.47 12.02 3 US 6 to Route 118 – Swansea
Somerset 9.85 15.85 4 Route 103 / Lee's River Avenue – Somerset, Ocean Grove Signed as exits 4A (west) and 4B (east) westbound
Taunton River Charles M. Braga Jr. Memorial Bridge
Fall River 11.98 19.28 5 Route 79 / Route 138 – Taunton
12.42 19.99 6 Pleasant Street (westbound) / Hartwell Street (eastbound) – Downtown Fall River Shared ramp with exit 7
12.70 20.44 7 Route 81 south (Plymouth Avenue) Northern terminus of Route 81; shared ramp with exit 6
13.77 22.16 8A Route 24 south – Tiverton, RI, Newport, RI Western end of Route 24 concurrency
14.60 23.50 8B Route 24 north – Taunton, Boston Eastern end of Route 24 concurrency
Westport 15.35 24.70 9 Sanford Road – North Westport Eastbound exit only
16.34 26.30 10 Route 88 south to US 6 – Horseneck Beach Northern terminus of Route 88
Dartmouth 19.43 31.27 11 Reed Road – Hixville, Dartmouth Signed as exits 11A (south) and 11B (north) westbound
21.98 35.37 12 Faunce Corner Road / Faunce Corner Mall Road – North Dartmouth Signed as exits 12A (south) and 12B (north) westbound
New Bedford 23.77 38.25 13 Route 140 to US 6 – Dartmouth, Taunton Signed as exits 13A (south) and 13B (north)
24.62 39.62 14 Penniman Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
25.09 40.38 15 Route 18 south – Downtown New Bedford Access from I-195 to Route 18 south and from Route 18 north to I-195 only
25.43 40.93 16 Washburn Street To Route 18 north; eastbound exit and entrance
25.54 41.10 17 Coggeshall Street To Route 18 north; westbound exit and entrance
Fairhaven 27.25 43.85 18 Route 240 south – Fairhaven To US 6; northern terminus of Route 240
Plymouth Mattapoisett 30.92 49.76 19 Mattapoisett, North Rochester Signed as exits 19A (south) and 19B (north)
Marion 35.13 56.54 20 Route 105 – Marion, Rochester
Wareham 39.23 63.13 21 Route 28 – Wareham, South Middleboro
39.93 64.26 22A Route 25 east – Cape Cod Western terminus of Route 25; eastbound exit and westbound entrance via Route 25 exit 1
40.73 65.55 22B I‑495 north – Marlborough Southern terminus of I-495; eastbound exit and westbound entrance via I-495 exit 1
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Sabar, Ariel (October 3, 1999). "Highway Blues". The Providence Journal. Archived from the original on March 6, 2004. Retrieved May 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ Staff (2006). "Moving and setting the Iway I-195 Providence River Bridge". Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 26, 2006. 
  4. ^ "195 Relocation Background". Providence College. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  5. ^ Staff (2007). "Interchange Exits List (I-195)". Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 

External links[edit]

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