Interstate 295 south
Though most signs for Exit 11 are positioned within Massachusetts, the off-ramp itself leaves Interstate 295 southbound from one half mile within the Ocean State. Exit 11 joins the freeway with Rhode Island 114 (Diamond Hill Road) at Cumberland. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 continues in a westerly fashion to junctions with Rhode Island 122 (Exit 10) and Rhode Island 146 (Exit 9). Photo taken 06/26/05.
Rhode Island 122 (Mendon Road) serves the communities of Woonsocket and Berkeley among others in its northerly route out of Pawtucket. The multi-state route travels overall from Providence to Worcester and North New Salem in Massachusetts. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Like Exit 11, Exit 10 also serves the town of Cumberland in northeastern Rhode Island. Rhode Island 122 sees a folded-diamond interchange with Interstate 295 adjacent to the Providence & Worcester Railroad and the Blackstone River. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 southbound at the Exit 10 ramp departure to Rhode Island 122 (Mendon Road). Rhode Island 122 enters Ashton and Berkeley just south of the freeway en route to Lonsdale and Central Falls. Northward the state highway continues to Cumberland Hill and junction Rhode Island 99 at Woonsocket. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Sinking toward the Blackstone River crossing on Interstate 295 south. Mendon Road travels overhead. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Restriping allows for three overall southbound lanes across the Blackstone River in lieu of freeway standard shoulders. The Blackstone River flows south from Worcester, Massachusetts to the Seekonk River and Narragansett Bay. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Older button copy signs featured both the exit number and freeway milepost on Interstate 295. The two-mile guide sign was one such example of the older format, though a resigning project in 2007 replaced most older signs. Intersecting the freeway ahead is the Rhode Island 146 freeway, a north-south route linking Providence with Worcester, Massachusetts. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 sees a carriageway split and an abandoned southbound side rest area on the stretch between the Blackstone River and Rhode Island 126 (Old River Road) over crossing. The rest area is slated for reuse as a new facility. Photo taken 06/26/05.
The one mile guide sign for Exits 9B/A (Rhode Island 146) resides at the Old River Road overpass on Interstate 295 south. A full-cloverleaf interchange joins the two freeways at the town of Lincoln. Rhode Island 146 provides direct links to Interstate 95 at Providence and Interstate 290 near downtown Worcester, Massachusetts. The freeway also includes several interchanges to Woonsocket area roads, including the Rhode Island 99 (Woonsocket Industrial Highway) freeway spur. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Approaching the Exit 9B off-ramp to Rhode Island 146 northbound on Interstate 295 south near the Lincoln area weigh station. Rhode Island 146 splits with Rhode Island 99 just north of the Interstate 295. Rhode Island 99 serves nearby Manville before ending at Rhode Island 122 near Cumberland Hill. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Older guide signs directed motorists toward the respective Exit 9 ramps for Rhode Island 146. Rhode Island 146 heads 16 miles northwest to Whitinsville and 29 miles to Worcester. Use the Exit 9B for the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Southbound at the Exit 9B loop ramp onto Rhode Island 146 south. Rhode Island 146 continues 8.5 miles through Lincoln to North Providence and the capital city. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 makes a southwestern turn between Exits 9 and 8. Meeting the freeway next is Rhode Island 7 (Douglas Pike), a north-south road serving the North Providence and North Smithfield areas. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Rhode Island 116 (George Washington Highway) passes over Interstate 295 one mile ahead of the full cloverleaf interchange with Rhode Island 7 (Exits 8B/8A). Rhode Island 7 follows Douglas Avenue northwest out of the capital city through North Providence to North Smithfield. Douglas Avenue and Pike derive their name from the road's connection to Douglas, Massachusetts. Photo taken 06/26/05.
An older standard, a ground level sign announced the first ramp departure of the Interstate 295 cloverleaf interchange with Rhode Island 7. Rhode Island 7 continues northwest to Oak Valley and Nasonville, ending officially at the Douglas Turnpike end of state maintenance near Mohegan.1 Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 southbound at the Exit 8B off-ramp onto Rhode Island 7 (Douglas Pike) northbound. Rhode Island 7 serves local area points of interest including Bryant University and the Smith Appleby House. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Rhode Island 7 (Douglas Pike) ventures southeast through North Providence to its terminus at Rhode Island 246 in the city of Providence.1 Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 continues to descend in altitude on its southward trek through the Providence suburbs. The freeway sees a generous amount of rock cuts and scenery through the Ocean State. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Southbound near the community of Georgiaville at the two-mile guide sign for U.S. 44 (Exits 7B/A) and the Rhode Island 104 (Farnum Pike) overpass. U.S. 44 constitutes one of three US highways serving Rhode Island. The east-west route straddles the northern reaches of the state between Putnam, Connecticut and Seekonk, Massachusetts. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Continuing south to within one mile of the Exit 7 full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 44 (Putnam Pike) on Interstate 295. U.S. 44 locally serves the towns of Greenville to the west and Centerdale to the east. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Use U.S. 44 westbound for the Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge and Casimir Pulaski Memorial State Park among other area attractions. U.S. 44 crosses the state line in 16 miles on the 21-mile drive to Putnam, Connecticut. Photo taken 06/26/05.
The Greenville town center lies two miles to the west at the U.S. 44 crossroads with Rhode Island 116 (Smith and Pleasant View Avenues). Photo taken 06/26/05.
Exit 7B leaves Interstate 295 southbound for U.S. 44 (Putnam Pike) westbound. U.S. 44 serves the communities of West Greenville, Harmony, Chepachet, and West Glocester on the drive to the Constitution State. The US highway rendezvous with U.S. 6 at Manchester, with both highways serving the capital city of Hartford. Photo taken 06/26/05.
U.S. 44 (Putnam Pike) eastbound meanwhile heads through Centerdale to downtown Providence and East Providence, sharing mileage with U.S. 6 across the Seekonk River. U.S. 44 follows Putnam Pike east to Smith Street in the capital city. The US highway serves the Providence area schools of Providence College and Rhode Island College. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 next sees its confluence with U.S. 6 at the Exits 6B/A interchange complex at the town of Johnston. U.S. 6 constitutes the main route between the cities of Hartford and Providence. In addition the route serves interests in the Providence metropolitan area, joining the capital city with North Scituate and Chopmist. Photo taken 06/26/05.
The carriageways of Interstate 295 diverge ahead of the partial-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 6 west & U.S. 6A east (Hartford Avenue) at Johnston. U.S. 6 eastbound joins Interstate 295 briefly to make the jump from Hartford Avenue onto a freeway leading east into Providence. Photo taken 06/26/05.
A lengthy collector/distributor roadway serves the interchanges with Hartford Avenue (U.S. 6 west & U.S. 6A east) and the U.S. 6 east freeway. U.S. 6 constitutes a full freeway between Interstates 295 and 95 at downtown Providence. The freeway was constructed in anticipation of Interstate 84's planned routing from Hartford, Connecticut to Providence. However with the majority of the route between Manchester and Providence unconstructed, the freeway through Johnston and Providence is all that was built of the defunct Interstate within the Ocean State. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Exit 6B parts ways with the southbound c/d roadway for U.S. 6 west and U.S. 6A east. U.S. 6A follows the original U.S. 6 Hartford Avenue routing through Johnston and the Merino and Olneyville neighborhoods of west Providence. U.S. 6 westbound heads 3.5 miles west to North Scituate, 9.5 miles to South Foster, and 67 miles to Hartford, Connecticut. Photo taken 06/26/05.
A wide swath of freeway mainline and c/d roadways travel between Hartford Avenue (U.S. 6A) and the U.S. 6 freeway. The U.S. 6 mainline utilizes the c/d roadways for its southward jog to the eastward leading freeway into downtown Providence. Photo taken 06/26/05.
The right-hand lane of the southbound c/d roadway defaults onto the U.S. 6 eastbound freeway (Exit 6A). The planned Interstate 84 routing serves east Johnston, Manton, and Providence. U.S. 6 merges with the Rhode Island 10 freeway ahead of its respective merges with Interstate 95 south and Interstate 195 east. U.S. 6 travels across town to East Providence and Seekonk, Massachusetts with Interstate 195. Photo taken 06/26/05.
The directional-cloverleaf interchange between Interstate 295 and U.S. 6 includes abandoned provisions for the unconstructed westward extension of the freeway for Willimantic and Hartford. Ghost ramps and a freeway stub remain in place from the interchange completion of May 1971.2 Photo taken 06/26/05.
Exit 5 serves the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Industrial Park in Johnston. The forthcoming diamond interchange joins Interstate 295 with a disjointed section of Scituate Avenue. Scituate Avenue was severed at the east end of the interchange, likely to discourage truck traffic from using the road to reach Rhode Island 5 (Atwood Avenue) to the east. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Now one half mile north of the Exit 5 off-ramp to Scituate Avenue westbound to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Industrial Park. The industrial park is run by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, a state environmental agency that deals with waste management and materials recycling. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Southbound at the Exit 5 ramp departure to Scituate Avenue west. Scituate Avenue meets Shun Pike and a disjointed section of Old Pocasset Road to the west. Shun Pike serves industrial areas west and south to Rhode Island 14 (Plainfield Avenue) and Peck Hill Road in west Johnston. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 continues south to the half-cloverleaf interchange with Rhode Island 14 (Plainfield Pike). Rhode Island 14 comprises a multistate route with Connecticut 14 from Willimantic to Providence. Locally the route serves the Thornton and Simmonsville communities. Photo taken 06/26/05.
An older style button copy sign directed motorists onto the Exit 4 off-ramp to Rhode Island 14 (Plainfield Pike). Rhode Island 14 heads west eight miles to Scituate Reservoir and Rockland. Eastward, Plainfield Pike heads one mile to Thornton and four miles to Olneyville in Providence. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Attached to the Scituate Avenue (Rhode Island 12) over crossing is the two-mile overhead for Rhode Island 37. Rhode Island 37 represents a full freeway from Phenix Avenue and Interstate 295 east to Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 (Post Road) near T.F. Green Airport. Photo taken 06/26/05.
More rock cuts lie along the freeway median of Interstate 295 ahead of the Exit 3B/A full-cloverleaf interchange with Rhode Island 37. Rhode Island 37 begins at the forthcoming interchange, comprising all of the three-mile freeway between east Cranston and north Warwick. The freeway features sequentially numbered interchanges serving Oaklawn, Howard, Norwood, and Lincoln Park. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interests to Cranston should use Exit 3B onto the freeway west to its end at Natick Avenue. Natick Avenue travels north-south between Phenix Avenue (Rhode Island 51) and Wilbur Avenue. Rhode Island 51 follows the locally maintained Phenix Avenue southwest from Meshanticut to Lipitt. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Entering the cloverleaf interchange with the Rhode Island 37 freeway. Rhode Island 37 west ends just west of Interstate 295 at Natick Avenue. The freeway overall was constructed in anticipation of the planned and unconstructed Interstate 895 east-belt freeway for the Providence metropolitan area.1 Coventry appears on the original Exit 3B overhead for the Rhode Island 51 (Phenix Avenue) connection to the town of Coventry. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 southbound at the Exit 3A ramp departure to Rhode Island 37 eastbound. Rhode Island 37 interchanges with Rhode Island 2 (New London Avenue) at the adjacent interchange. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Mileage sign listing the final three exits along Interstate 295 southbound. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 meets Rhode Island 2 (Bald Hill Road) just south of the Kent County line near Pontiac and Natick. Rhode Island 2 ventures southwest from Providence and Cranston to Warwick on its southerly course to Charlestown along the south coast. Use Rhode Island 2 south to Rhode Island 117 west for West Warwick or to Rhode Island 113 (East Avenue) east for the Warwick town center. Photo taken 06/26/05.
Interstate 295 crosses the Pawtucket River between the Exit 2 half-cloverleaf interchange and the partial-cloverleaf interchange with Rhode Island 113 (East Avenue). Exit 1 provides access onto East Avenue westbound only ahead of its intersection with Rhode Island 2 (Bald Hill Road). For access to Rhode Island 113 eastbound, drivers should use Exit 2. Rhode Island 113 interchanges with Interstate 95 just east of its ramps with Interstate 295. Photo taken 06/26/05.
End Interstate 295 marker posted at the wye interchange merge with Interstate 95 south. Interstate 95 next meets Rhode Island 117 (Centerville Road) at Exit 10, located between West Warwick and Warwick. The control point of New York City lies 152 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 06/26/05.

Sources:

  1. USRoute1.net.
  2. Interstate 295 (Rhode Island), BostonRoads.com.


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06/26/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan

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