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Exit 22 closure backs up traffic

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We've been warned, and now it's here; all three ramps on exit 22 off of 95 South in Providence closed while contractors work to widen the ramps.

NBC 10 spoke to Rose Amoros, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, for an update on the progress of the project "we did the first pour of concrete on that 6/10 off-ramp and then the second pour immediately following that."

Now it's a waiting game, the concrete will need two weeks to fully cure, but traffic should be able to pass adjacent to it by Tuesday morning; Mike Studley, the resident engineer of the project says that's when they plan to re-open the ramp and the process is right on schedule.

Extra things like pumping heat into the concrete from these tubes to help the curing process and workers have covered the project with plastic to weatherproof it. Now, on a beautiful Saturday, people have to decide whether they want to walk, or try to drive.

The Department of Transportation was proactive all week doing its best to warn drivers of the upcoming delays, and that, says Amoros, is the most important part of the whole project.

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