Interstate 295 (Rhode Island–Massachusetts)

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Interstate 295 marker

Interstate 295
Route information
Length: 26.58 mi (42.78 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑95 in Warwick, RI
  US 6 in Johnston, RI
Route 146 in Lincoln, RI
North end: I‑95 in Attleboro, MA
Highway system
Rhode Island Routes
  • Massachusetts State Highway Routes
Route 246 RI Route 401
I‑291 MA Route 295

Interstate 295 (abbreviated I-295) is an Interstate route 26.58 miles (42.78 km) in length within the U.S. states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It serves as a western bypass around Providence, Rhode Island with the southern terminus located in Warwick, Rhode Island and the northern terminus in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 295 serves as a partial circumferential highway around Providence. The terminals of Interstate 295 are located in Warwick (interstate 95 exit 11 Northbound/12 Southbound), a partial access Y interchange (No direct ramps from interstate 295 south to interstate 95 north) and Attleboro (interstate 95 exit 4/ interstate 295 exit 2 Northbound) as a truncated/stubbed cloverleaf interchange.

History[edit]

In the mid-1950s, the state of Rhode Island introduced plans to build a beltway around Providence, then known as Relocated Route 5 for inclusion in the Interstate Highway System. A modified version of this plan was accepted, with another modification done in 1960 resulting in a planned alignment. Construction began in 1964 and the original route was completed by 1975. The original intention was to have interstate 295 act as a full ring road around the greater Providence area with the alignment roughly following Route 37) across Narragansett Bay and continuing in a Northern direction with a major interchanges located at Interstate 195 exit 2 in Swansea, Massachusetts before heading west towards Attleboro. Due to opposition from communities in the proposed alignment, cancellation occurred in 1982.

The original alignment of Interstate 84 called for an east-west right of way from the Rhode Island and Connecticut state line (Willimantic, Connecticut and Foster, Rhode Island) to Johnston, Rhode Island through the Scituate Reservoir. The connection with Interstate 295 was planned as a full interchange with flyover ramps. Due to fears of runoff affecting the Scituate Reservoir, this alignment of Interstate 84 was cancelled. This interchange (Exits 6A-C) currently acts as multiplex for US 6 with a partial interchange with Route 10 further down US 6.

Exit list[edit]

State County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Rhode Island Kent Warwick 0.00 0.00 I‑95 south – New York Also includes a ramp from I-95 south to I-295 north
0.70 1.13 1 Route 113 west – West Warwick
1.10 1.77 2 Route 2 north – Oaklawn Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.50 2.41 2 Route 2 south – Warwick Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Providence Cranston 3.70 5.95 3 Route 37 to Route 2 / Route 51 – Cranston, T. F. Green Airport, Coventry Signed as exits 3A (east) and 3B (west)
Johnston 6.50 10.46 4 Route 14 (Plainfield Pike)
7.60 12.23 5 Rhode Island Resource Recovery Industrial Park Opened in 2005
8.80 14.16 6 US 6 (US 6A east) – Providence, Hartford, CT Signed as exits 6A (US 6 east), 6B (northbound U-turn to I-295 south), and 6C (US 6 west/US 6A east) northbound
Smithfield 12.20 19.63 7 US 44 – North Providence, Smithfield Signed as exits 7A (east) and 7B (west)
15.40 24.78 8 Route 7 – North Smithfield, North Providence Signed as exits 8A (south) and 8B (north)
Lincoln 18.70 30.09 9 Route 146 – Woonsocket, Lincoln Signed as exits 9A (south) and 9B (north)
Cumberland 21.10 33.96 10 Route 122 – Cumberland
22.80 36.69 11 Route 114 – Cumberland
RIMA border 23.5
0.00
37.8
0.00
Rhode IslandMassachusetts state line
Massachusetts Bristol North Attleboro 1.90 3.06 1 US 1 – North Attleboro, Pawtucket, RI Signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north)
Attleboro 3.70 5.95 2 I‑95 – Boston, Providence, RI Northern terminus, signed as exits 2A (south) and 2B (north)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

External links[edit]

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