DOT plans to close well-traveled highway exit in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation says it’s closing a well-traveled highway exit through the fall of 2019.

The DOT says it must close the off-ramp for Exit 3, which leads to Gano Street, on Interstate 195 West in Providence to repair the Washington Bridge. The DOT plans to close the exit Sunday night.

The bridge carries I-195 West from East Providence to Providence.

The DOT says traffic heading to Gano Street and the east side of Providence should use Exit 2 and follow the detour signs.

Detour maps are available online .

The DOT says it plans to reopen closed highway ramps in the fall of 2019. The entire $22.3 million Washington Bridge project is scheduled to finish a year later.