Construction project and one-way traffic comes to an end Friday morning
On Friday morning, the rule of the road on Hope Street will be: Keep to the right of the red, white and blue.
After nearly six-months of construction work, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will reopen the road to two-way traffic on Sept. 21.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Friday at 10 a.m. on Hope Street, near Court Street.
This milestone marks the completion of work accomplished on Hope Street through a $3 million contract with LAL Construction. RIDOT worked closely with the town throughout the entire project to temporarily rearrange the downtown traffic pattern for the final phase of the project, making Hope Street and Thames Street each one-way. This shift saved nearly nine months of work.
“We will be out on Hope Street at approximately 5 a.m. on Friday morning to begin removing temporary signage and any cones or barrels that need to be cleared before restoring traffic in time for the morning commute,” said RIDOT spokeswoman Heidi Gudmundson in an e-mail.
After the road reopens, crews will continue to clean catch basins and drainage lines, as well as finish the stone walls. By weeks’ end, the loam and seeding on grass embankments, along with general clean up of the area will conclude the Hope Street project.
The end of the Hope Street work marks the beginning of work on Thames Street. Crews there are removing and replacing the curbing, with that project similar to what was done on Hope Street, with regard to sidewalk and road resurfacing. During construction, Thames Street will remain one-way south.
“Additional paving and striping needs to be done before Thames Street can return to two-way traffic, Ms. Gudmundson said.
Construction activity on Thames Street is expected to be completed by the end of September or early October, weather permitting.