U.S. Route 1 in Rhode Island

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 1 in Rhode Island. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 1.

U.S. Route 1 marker

U.S. Route 1
US1 shown with Interstates within Rhode Island
Route information
Maintained by RIDOT
Length: 57 mi[1] (92 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 1 in Stonington, CT
  Route 138 in South Kingstown
Route 4 in North Kingstown
Route 403 in East Greenwich
Route 37 in Warwick
Route 10 in Cranston
I‑95 in Providence
US 6 / US 44 in Providence
North end: US 1 in Attleboro, MA
Location
Counties: Washington, Kent, Providence
Highway system

Rhode Island Routes

Route 403 US 1A
US 1/RI 138 concurrency
U.S. 1 as a divided highway in North Kingstown

U.S. Route 1 in Rhode Island is a major north–south state highway through the U.S. state, specifically within the Providence metropolitan area. Staying close to the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, it is a longer route than Interstate 95, and many portions are a four-lane divided highway.

Route description[edit]

US 1 has a business/bypass split in Warwick where US 1 Business runs along Post Road and US 1 Bypass runs along Post Road Bypass. The business route is officially recognized by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation as US 1.

US 1 enters Rhode Island via a small bridge from Pawcatuck, CT to Downtown Westerly. Route 1 winds through Downtown Westerly, passing two shopping plazas (the Granite Street Shopping Center and the Franklin Shopping Plaza) prior to a junction with RI 78, the two-lane highway designed to bypass Downtown. A right onto Airport Road at this intersection provides access to Westerly State Airport, Watch Hill and Misquamicut. Route 1 continues to Dunn's Corners, with Langworthy Road providing more beach access. The road then becomes a divided highway shortly after, with RI 1A merging into the highway from the Misquamicut area. Route 1 then crosses into Charlestown, RI near Shelter Harbor. After stoplight intersections with Ross Hill Road (RI 216), West Beach Road-providing access to Quonochontaug, East Beach Road-providing access to Blue Shutters Town Beach and East Beach, and Wildflower Road, there are no more stoplights until the end of the freeway after the Wakefield, RI exits. Access to exits on the opposite side of the road are provided through u-turn ramps. The southbound side has junction with Prosser Trail, a road leading to Burlingame State Park. Burlingame access is also located prior to the East Beach Road exit. An exit for Route 1A on the northbound side leads to Ningret Park and the police station. Route 1 bends to the right. On the southbound side is Kings Factory Road. Another junction with Route 1A occurs on Route 1 North. 1A merges onto 1 from the south, briefly, before exiting and continuing north to Cross Mills. Route 1 north then features a ramp providing access to Cross Mills and Route 1A-leading to Charlestown Breachway and Charlestown Town Beach-for those just merging in on a u-turn from Route 1 south via a junction with RI 2 / RI 112 (South County Trail). Another set of u-turn ramps is located for access to Routes 2 and 112. After northbound junctions with more beach access roads (Falcone Lane, Narrow Lane, which is split in half by the highway, the other half continuing on the southbound side that leads to South County Trail), US 1 continues into South Kingstown, where Green Hill Beach Road (Route 1A) meets US 1 on the northbound side, and Post Road (also Route 1A) meets Route 1 south. After a junction with Moonstone Beach Road (northbound side leads to the Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, southbound side leads to Perryville), RI 110 meets Route 1 south. Prior to this on the southbound side, Route 1A meets Route 1. Back to the northbound side, where Matunuck Beach Road is found, leading to the beachdise community of Matunuck, RI. Following this is Succotash Road, which leads to Jerusalem, RI, Snug Harbor, and East Matunuck State Beach. Then comes Post Road, leading to the signed destination-Jerry Brown Farm Road. Another Post Road/Route 1A junction comes on US 1 north, before it meets the highway again after a brief exitless stint. Route 1 south's junction with Post Road/Route 1A north leads to Wakefield and Peace-Dale. The road becomes a freeway and has two exits for the Salt Pond/South County Hospital area. A third exit leads to RI 108 and Narragansett's town beach, Galilee, and Point Judith. A Wakefield exit marks the end of the freeway. Access to South County Commons comes soon. RI 138 meets from the west, and stays on in the concurrency until the exits for access to the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge and Jamestown, and the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge and Newport. Route 1 then meets RI 4, a thruway leading to I-95.


US 1 takes the following route through the state (south to north):

History[edit]

Except north of downtown Providence, where US 1 was built as the Providence and Pawtucket Turnpike (now Main Street), the highway was never a turnpike road. Portions are the old Boston Post Road, while other parts were built as bypasses, leaving the old road as Route 1A. The turnpike south of Providence — the Providence and Pawcatuck Turnpike and Hopkinton and Richmond Turnpike - followed the diagonal route that I-95 now takes.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Washington Westerly 0.00 0.00 US 1 south Continuation into Connecticut
0.10 0.16 Route 1A north (Elm Street) Southern terminus of Route 1A
0.30 0.48 Route 3 north (Grove Avenue) Southern terminus of Route 3
2.20 3.54 Route 78 north to I‑95 Southern terminus of Route 78, south end of divided highway
5.70 9.17 Route 1A south (Shore Road) Southern terminus of (unsigned) concurrency with Route 1A
Charlestown 7.10 11.43 Route 216 north (Ross Hill Road) Southern terminus of Route 216
9.80 15.77 Route 1A north (Old Post Road) Northern terminus of (unsigned) concurrency with Route 1A
11.20 18.02 Route 1A south (Old Post Road) Southern terminus of (unsigned) concurrency with Route 1A
11.40 18.35 Route 1A north (Old Post Road) Northern terminus of (unsigned) concurrency with Route 1A
11.90 19.15 Route 2 north (South County Trail) / Route 112 Southern terminus of Route 2 and Route 112
South Kingstown 14.30 23.01 Route 1A south (Post Road) Southern terminus of (unsigned) concurrency with Route 1A
14.80 23.82 Route 1A north (Post Road) Northern terminus of (unsigned) concurrency with Route 1A
16.40 26.39 Route 110 north (Ministerial Road) Southern terminus of Route 110
16.60 26.72 Route 1A south (Post Road) Southern terminus of (unsigned) US 1/Route 1A concurrency
18.50 29.77 Route 1A north (Post Road) Northern terminus of (unsigned) concurrency with Route 1A
South end of freeway
20.60 33.15 Pond Street Interchange
21.00 33.80 Salt Pond Road / Kenyon Avenue – South County Hospital Interchange
Narragansett 21.40 34.44 Woodruff Avenue / South Pier Road – Point Judith, Scarborough Beach Interchange
21.90 35.24 Route 108 (Point Judith Road) / Route 1A (Kingstown Road) Interchange; no northbound exit
South Kingstown 22.40 36.05 Old Tower Hill Road – Wakefield Interchange, North end of freeway
26.30 42.33 Route 138 west (Mooresfield Road) Western terminus of concurrency with Route 138
North Kingstown 28.60 46.03 Route 138 east – Jamestown, Newport Interchange, eastern terminus of concurrency with Route 138
29.50 47.48 Route 4 north – Warwick, Providence Interchange, southern terminus of Route 4, north end of divided highway
31.50 50.69 Route 102 (Ten Rod Road / Phillips Street) to Route 4
32.00 51.50 Route 1A south (West Main Road) Northern terminus of Route 1A
34.40 55.36 Route 403 to Route 4 – Quonset, Providence Interchange, westbound entrance via Gate Road
36.30 58.42 Route 402 west (Frenchtown Road) Eastern terminus of Route 402
Hunt River Bridge
Kent East Greenwich 38.10 61.32 Route 401 (First Avenue) to Route 4 Eastern terminus of Route 401
Warwick 41.40 66.63 Route 117 (Centerville Road / West Shore Road) to I‑95
41.50 66.79 Route 5 north (Greenwich Avenue) Southern terminus of Route 5
42.80 68.88 Route 113 (Main Avenue) to I‑95
43.60 70.17 I-95.svg T. F. Green Airport Connector Road to I-95 – T.F. Green Airport Interchange
44.80 72.10 Route 37 west to I‑95 / I‑295 – Providence, New York Interchange, eastern terminus of Route 37, exit 5 on Route 37
45.70 73.55 US 1A north (Post Road) Southern terminus of US 1A
Providence Cranston 47.60 76.60 Route 12 (Park Avenue)
Providence 48.00 77.25 Route 10 north to I‑95 – Cranston Interchange, no access to Route 10 south
48.50 78.05 I‑95 south Entrance from I-95 south only
49.20 79.18 Route 2 south (Reservoir Avenue) Northern terminus of Route 2
50.40 81.11 Route 117 south (Broad Street) Northern terminus of Route 117
51.10 82.24 I‑95 / US 6 to I‑295 east Exit 20 on I-95 / US 6
51.60 83.04 US 44 west (Smith Street) Southern terminus of concurrency with US 44
Francis Street Bridge over the Woonasquatucket River
52.00 83.69 US 44 east (Canal Street / North Main Street) Northern terminus of concurrency with US 44
52.20 84.01 Route 246 north (Mill Street) to Route 7 / Route 146 Southern terminus of Route 246
53.70 86.42 Route 126 north (Smithfield Avenue) to I‑95
Pawtucket 54.10 87.07 Route 122 north (Main Street) Southern terminus of Route 126
55.30 89.00 I‑95 south – Warwick Southern terminus of concurrency with I-95
55.50 89.32 Route 114 (School Street) Exit 28
Pawtucket River Bridge over the Pawtucket River
56.10 90.28 I‑95 north – Boston Northern terminus of concurrency with I-95
57.20 92.05 US 1 north Continuation into Massachusetts
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


U.S. Route 1
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