RIDOT announces new exit numbers for Route 295

RIDOT announces new exit numbers for Route 295

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the agency will begin a highway renumbering program for its interstate and other limited-access highways, starting with the entire I-295 corridor from Warwick to the Massachusetts border in Cumberland, late this fall.

The new exit number for Route 295 are listed below.

The new exit numbers will be keyed to mile markers, a system used throughout the country for many years that the traveling public has now come to expect. Rhode Island and some of its neighboring New England states are among the last to change to this method of numbering its highways, as required by the Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways. The highway exit numbers traditionally were assigned sequentially.

"While we endeavor to bring our roads and bridges into a state of good repair through the RhodeWorks program, we're also addressing outstanding issues that were never resolved," said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. "This project will bring us in line with the rest of the country and provide more information to travelers about their location and distance to their destinations."

A mile-marker exit number system lets drivers know how far they need to travel to reach their desired off-ramp. It also allows for easier expansion for future interchanges since the entire highway would not have to be renumbered to accommodate a new exit number.

RIDOT also will be assigning exit numbers to Route 99, from Route 146 in Lincoln to Mendon Road in Cumberland, and on Route 146, from the I-95 interchange in Providence to the Massachusetts border in North Smithfield. These highways did not have any exit numbers previously.