Interstate 295 (Rhode Island–Massachusetts)

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Interstate 295
Providence Beltway
Route information
Length: 26.58 mi (42.78 km)
Existed: 1969[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑95 in Warwick, RI
  US 6 in Johnston, RI
US 44 in Smithfield, RI
Route 146 in Lincoln, RI
US 1 in North Attleborough, MA
North end: I‑95 in Attleboro, MA
Highway system
Rhode Island Routes
Route 246 RI Route 401
I‑291 MA Route 295

Interstate 295 (abbreviated I-295 also known as Providence Beltway) 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/12B 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 interchange 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. The ramp that was originally going to be used to merge onto I-84 West from I-295 North has been converted to a turnaround ramp (Exit 6B) from I-295 North to I-295 South.

Exit list[edit]

In 2016, it was announced that both Rhode Island and Massachusetts interchanges were to have new numbers based on route mileage. Massachusetts was scheduled to start in 2016[2] with the proposed exit numbers being 2 and 4. However, in mid-2016, MassDOT decided to indefinitely postpone the project.[3] RIDOT is still slated to renumber its portion of Interstates 295's exits by the end of 2017 in a plan announced in March 2016.[4][5] On August 25, 2017, RIDOT awarded a contract to renumber exits on I-295 and RI 99 to Liddell Bros. Inc. for $348,500. The project is to start in November 2017 and is expected to take 6 weeks to complete.[6][7]

State County Location[8] mi[8] km Old exit New exit[9] Destinations Notes
Rhode Island Kent Warwick 0.00 0.00 I‑95 south – New York Southern terminus; Also includes a ramp from I-95 south to I-295 north, exit 12B; north exit 11 (RI)
0.70 1.13 1 1A Route 113 west – West Warwick
1.10 1.77 2 1B Route 2 north – Oaklawn Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.50 2.41 2 1B Route 2 south – Warwick Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Providence Cranston 3.70 5.95 3 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 6 Route 14 (Plainfield Pike)
7.60 12.23 5 7 Rhode Island Resource Recovery Industrial Park Opened in 2005
8.80 14.16 6 9 US 6 (US 6A east) – Providence, Hartford Signed as exits 6A (US 6 east), 6B (northbound U-turn to I-295 south), and 6C (US 6 west/US 6A east) northbound
10.60 17.06 10 Route 5 (Greenville Ave) future exit
Smithfield 12.20 19.63 7 12 US 44 – North Providence, Smithfield Signed as exits 7A (east) and 7B (west)
15.40 24.78 8 15 Route 7 – North Smithfield, North Providence Signed as exits 8A (south) and 8B (north)
Lincoln 18.70 30.09 9 18 Route 146 – Woonsocket, Worcester Signed as exits 9A (south) and 9B (north)
Cumberland 21.10 33.96 10 20 Route 122 – Cumberland
22.80 36.69 11 22 Route 114 – Cumberland
RIMA border 23.50
0.00
37.82
0.00
Rhode IslandMassachusetts state line
Massachusetts Bristol North Attleborough 1.86 2.99 1 US 1 south – Pawtucket, North Attleborough Signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north)
Attleboro 4.03 6.49 2 I‑95 – Boston, Providence Northern terminus; I-95 exit 4 (MA); Signed as exits 2A (south) and 2B (north)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aaroads.com/guide.php?page=i0295ma
  2. ^ Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2015). "COMMBUYS - Bid Solicitation FAP# HSIP-002S(874) Exit Signage Conversion to Milepost-Based Numbering System along Various Interstates, Routes and the Lowell Connector". Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ Robert H. Malme (2017). "Massachusetts Interstate Highways Exit Lists". Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ http://wpri.com/2016/03/29/ri-set-to-renumber-all-its-highway-exit-signs/
  5. ^ Robert H. Malme (2017). "I-295 and I-395 in Mass. Current and Future Exit Lists". Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ RIDOT (2017). "Engineer's Estimate/Bidder's Comparison Detail, Mileage Based Exit Renumbering I-295 and Route 99, RIDOT Contract No. 2017-CT-044". Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ Shiina LoSciuto and Sarah Doiron (2017). "RIDOT to Renumber I-295 Exits". Retrieved September 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b MassDOT Planning Division. "Massachusetts Route Log Application". Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  9. ^ http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20171004/rhode-island-set-to-renumber-all-highway-exits, "There are 11 interchanges on Route 295 and the DOT said it plans to start putting up the new numbers from north to south starting in early November and finishing before the end of the year. (A 12th interchange being built for Citizens Bank’s new campus at Putnam Pike will come later.)"

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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