Interstate 295 Massachusetts / Rhode Island
Interstate 295 serves as a western bypass of Providence and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The freeway loop had also been proposed to extend east and southward from the north end at Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Rhode Island DOT renumbered all interchanges along Interstate 295 from I-95 at Warwick north to the Massachusetts border at Cumberland. Costing $340,000, the resigning ran from north to south over a two week period starting on November 27, 2017.1 The Route 146 freeway was scheduled to be resigned in 2018, adding mileage based exit numbers to its previously unnumbered interchange array. The Route 146 project started in Summer 2019 and runs through the end of 2021. All remaining freeways using the sequential system were to be converted by 2020.2 See the Rhode Island Highway Exit Renumbering Program web page for more details.
High Priority Corridor
Interstate 295 is part of High Priority Corridor 60: Providence Beltline Corridor.
Interstate 295 was planned in 1960, with construction commencing in 1965. Work on the freeway finished in June 1975.3
Dan Moraseski writes that current Interstate 295 was always planned as I-295. The beltway east of I-95 was later changed to Interstate 895 though, perhaps when transportation officials realized it would not extend straight across I-95 at the south intersection.
The original plan for the beltway in Rhode Island originated along Route 37, likely at Interstate 295, and took the route east across the Providence River. From there the loop turned north along the East Shore Expressway to Route 114 and further to the north end of Interstate 295. Later it was planned to travel roughly along Route 138 and Multi State Route 136 from I-95 to I-195.
A $6 million project realigned the ramp from Interstate 95 south to I-295 south in Attleboro to both improve geometric deficiencies and reduce truck roll overs. The project replaced the original ramp designed to accommodate a loop ramp from unconstructed I-895 north to I-95 south. Work commenced in July 2015 and was completed in Spring 2017.4,5
North End – Attleboro, MA
South End – Warwick, RI
Mileage – 26.58
Rhode Island – 22.35
Cities – Providence, Cranston
- Junctions –
Massachusetts – 4.23
Cities – Attleboro
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-295 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: 2015 AADT Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Traffic Flow Map 2016
2019 AADT – Mass Highway Traffic Data Management System
Completed sections of Interstate 295 in 1969 extended north from I-95 to Route 37 at Cranston and west from Attleboro, Massachusetts to Route 146 at Lincoln.
North End – Attleboro, Massachusetts
Begin shield posted for Interstate 295 after the Clifton Street underpass. The freeway is six lanes wide southwest to the merge with U.S. 6 at Johnston, Rhode Island. 06/26/05
South End – Warwick, Rhode Island
South End Throwback
- “New exit numbers begin to appear on I-295.” WJAR TV-10 (Providence, RI), November 28, 2017.
- “Rhode Island set to renumber all highway exits.” Providence Journal (RI), October 4, 2017.
- Interstate 295-Rhode Island (Boston Roads).
- “Rebuilding roads: Major area highway projects set to begin within a year.” Sun Chronicle, The (North Attleboro, MA), June 15, 2015.
- Project 606733: Attleboro – Ramp Reconstruction & Realignment, from Route I-95 (SB) to Route I-295 (SB) https://hwy.massdot.state.ma.us/ProjectInfo/Main.asp?ACTION=ViewProject&PROJECT_NO=606733. massDOT web site.
Page updated May 7, 2020.