Rhode Island Route 138

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Route 138 marker

Route 138
Route information
Maintained by RIDOT
Length: 48.3 mi[1] (77.7 km)
Existed: 1922 (east of Newport)
1932 (west of Newport) – present
Major junctions
West end: Route 138 in Voluntown, CT
  I‑95 in Richmond
US 1 in North Kingstown
Route 24 in Portsmouth
North end: Route 138 in Fall River, MA
Location
Counties: Washington, Newport
Highway system

Rhode Island Routes

Route 136 Route 142

Route 138 is a numbered State Highway running 45.2 miles (72.7 km) in Rhode Island. Route 138 begins in Exeter at the Connecticut state line in the west and runs to the Massachusetts state line in Tiverton in the east, and is the only state-numbered route to do so. In both cases, Route 138 keeps its number on the other side of both state lines.

Route 138 is a major thoroughfare in southern Rhode Island. The route ultimately connects Interstate 95 and the University of Rhode Island campus with the island town of Jamestown, the city of Newport, as well as the Tiverton-Little Compton coastal region.

Route description[edit]

Route 138 in Midletown

Route 138 takes the following route through the State:

Intersection of Route 138 and US 1 in South Kingstown

History[edit]

Route 138 used the Stone Bridge over the Sakonnet River until 1954.

Before the opening of the Jamestown section of the Route 138 Expressway in 1994, Route 138 came off the Jamestown Bridge and used Eldred Street (which has now been partially cut off by the Expressway) and East Shore Road to the Newport Pell Bridge. As of 2005, there is still a Route 138 reassurance marker northbound on East Shore Road just north of the Newport Pell Bridge.

Prior to the construction of the Route 138 Expressway in North Kingstown, Route 138 used Bridgetown Road east of U.S. 1 in South Kingstown, then north on Route 1A into North Kingstown, then along an access road to the Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge which was upgraded on the spot to the Route 138 Expressway.

There are two abandoned temporary ramps at the west end of the Jamestown Bridge used by through traffic in the early 1990s. These ramps connected through traffic to the old bridge while the new one was being built. The new Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge opened in 1992.

The Route 138 Expressway was intended to extend west to Interstate 95. For more information, see Interstate 895 (Rhode Island/Massachusetts).

Route 138 officially goes from being signed East/West to being signed North/South at the intersection of Admiral Kalbfus Road and West Main Road on the Middletown/Newport line.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Washington Exeter 0.00 0.00 Route 138 west Continuation into Connecticut
Hope Valley 5.60 9.01 Route 3 south (Main Street) Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 3
Wyoming 6.60 10.62 Route 3 north (Main Street) Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 3
7.10 11.43 I‑95 – Providence, Westerly Exits 3A-B on I-95
Richmond 9.10 14.65 Route 112 south (Richmond Townhouse Road) North end of Route 112
West Kingston 14.50 23.34 Route 2 (South County Trail)
15.90 25.59 Route 110 south (Ministerial Road) North end of Route 110
Kingston 17.50 28.16 Route 108 south (Kingstown Road) North end of Route 108
South Kingstown 21.00 33.80 US 1 south / Bridgetown Road Western terminus of concurrency with US 1
North Kingstown 23.30 37.50 US 1 north – Providence Eastern terminus of concurrency with US 1
Western terminus of freeway section
25.60 41.20 Route 1A – Wickford, Narragansett
Narragansett Bay West Passage 26.20–
27.40
42.16–
44.10
Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge
Newport Jamestown 27.80 44.74 Helm Street (east) / Beacon Avenue (west)
28.10 45.22 Main Road Westbound entrance only
28.50 45.87 Eldred Avenue Westbound entrance only
29.60 47.64 Conanicus Avenue (east) / East Shore Road (west) – Jamestown
Narragansett Bay
East Passage
30.20–
32.10
48.60–
51.66
Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge
(R.I. E-ZPass $3.17; Cash $4.00)
Newport 32.40 52.14 Route 238 south – Downtown Newport North end of Route 238
33.10 53.27 Admiral Kalbfus Road west Eastern terminus of freeway section
East/west designation changes to north/south
Middletown 34.50 55.52 Route 114 north (West Main Road) Southern terminus of Route 114
34.90 56.17 Route 214 (Valley Road)
35.50 57.13 Route 138A south (Aquidneck Avenue) North end of Route 138A
Portsmouth 43.30 69.68 Route 24 south / Boyds Lane – Middletown, Newport Southern terminus of concurrency with Route 24, exit 2 on Route 24
44.80 72.10 Anthony Road (south) / Hummocks Avenue (north) – Common Fence Point Exit 3 on Route 24
Sakonnet River 45.00–
45.30
72.42–
72.90
Sakonnet River Bridge
Tiverton 45.30 72.90 To Route 77 / Route 177 – Tiverton Exit 4 on Route 24; Closed for construction; Opening in late 2013
45.60 73.39 Route 24 north – Fall River, MA, Taunton, MA Northern terminus of concurrency with Route 24, exit 5 on Route 24
45.70 73.55 Route 77 south (Main Road) North end of Route 77
48.30 77.73 Route 138 north – Fall River Continuation into Massachusetts
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Route 138A[edit]

Route 138A
Location: NewportMiddletown
Length: 4.1 mi[2] (6.6 km)

Route 138A is a numbered state highway running 4.1 miles (6.6 km) through Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island. Route 138A is a "scenic route" highway that begins at the intersection of America's Cup Avenue (Route 238) and Memorial Boulevard West, travels through downtown Newport, past the Newport beaches, and north through Middletown where it connects with Route 138.


Route description

  • In Newport: 1.1 miles—beginning at America's Cup Avenue, along Memorial Boulevard West, and Memorial Boulevard to the Middletown town line.
  • In Middletown: 2.5 miles—beginning at the Newport city line, along Aquidneck Avenue to Route 138 (East Main Road).


History
Most of the streets along Route 138A were built after 1965. Route 138A never represented an old alignment of Route 138.


Major intersections
The entire route is in Newport County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Newport 0.00 0.00 Route 238 north (America's Cup Avenue) to Route 138 / I‑95 Northern terminus, south end of Route 238
0.30 0.48 Bellevue Avenue
Middletown 1.70 2.74 Purgatory Road
2.00 3.22 Route 214 north (Valley Road) South end of Route 214
3.10 4.99 Green End Avenue
4.10 6.60 Route 138 (East Main Road) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "Route 138". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d161853!2d-71.4688895!3d41.6024522!4m77!3m68!1m4!3m2!3d41.5530495!4d-71.7911102!6e2!1m4!3m2!3d41.6729837!4d-71.1843845!6e2!2e0!3m8!1m3!1d2533!2d-71.718039!3d41.5077363!3m2!1i1311!2i651!4f13.1!9m5!2m2!3d41.5079772!4d-71.7173192!3s0x89e5c5012a6aa011%3A0x965a1364e3611aaa!4f0.773598!9m5!2m2!3d41.4976042!4d-71.5844983!3s0x89e5c79272c2cf75%3A0xf7e7e85477ce5a87!4f0.5982314!9m5!2m2!3d41.4803412!4d-71.5255474!3s0x89e5b852c1ebeb61%3A0xa1a93ad7406ac534!4f0.9783936!9m5!2m2!3d41.493829!4d-71.4647492!3s0x89e5ba0f1c217f85%3A0xc7e72bfb979000e7!4f0.2120076!9m5!2m2!3d41.5241713!4d-71.4650363!3s0x89e5b0c61623f97b%3A0x6e738ebe3f3a4470!4f1!9m5!2m2!3d41.5055639!4d-71.316064!3s0x89e5af1994d9faff%3A0xa8adf7335a2f65d7!4f0.3270121!9m5!2m2!3d41.6116175!4d-71.2463701!3s0x89e5ab2ed6dbba2d%3A0x5efdb32ab68d8!4f0.5190358!9m5!2m2!3d41.6398235!4d-71.2051284!3s0x89e4556fe9d9785f%3A0x709a8ada8639b80c!4f0.8549104!5m2!13m1!1e1!7m4!11m3!1m1!1e1!2b1&fid=0. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Google Inc. "Route 138A". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d28200!2d-71.3012382!3d41.5026671!4m35!3m26!1m4!3m2!3d41.4844546!4d-71.3147064!6e2!1m4!3m2!3d41.5218225!4d-71.283155!6e2!2e0!3m8!1m3!1d3526!2d-71.3129915!3d41.4838117!3m2!1i1810!2i906!4f13.1!9m5!2m2!3d41.5043631!4d-71.2812257!3s0x89e5a8d152f39caf%3A0x78a1520a2c8132ea!4f0.8966638!5m2!13m1!1e1!7m4!11m3!1m1!1e1!2b1&fid=0. Retrieved December 31, 2013.

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