New England Exit Renumbering Center (New-12/14/19)

Exit Renumbering Projects in New England (Updated 12/14/19)

Massachusetts announced on November 18 that it will start converting its exits to a mile-based system in the late summer of 2020. A project that was to start in 2016 but was postponed. Other New England states in the meantime have continued to move forward, or will be in the near future, the exception being Maine which converted in 2004.

Connecticut

In Connecticut the move will be gradual, possible taking more than a decade. Exit numbers will be changed only after new exit signs are up along an entire stretch of roadway. So far, only I-395 and CT 2A have received numbers as part of a sign replacement contract in 2015 and 2016. The next route to receive numbers was to be CT 8 but the final sign replacement contract let in September 2018 still had sequential numbers. A ConnDOT official was sent an e-mail by a member of the AARoads Forum. His response was that the CT 8/25 renumbering will be put off to around 2022. The next renumbering project will be for CT 9 and CT 72. Projects advertised on August 7, 2019 included all of CT 72 and CT 9 North of Middletown. Since signs along the entire length of CT 9 are not to be replaced, that route's exit numbers will remain the same. Number changes will probably have to wait for the remaining CT 9 contract which is due to be advertised on July 22, 2020 (see ConnDOT's August 2019-July 2020 contract advertising schedule).  CT 72 exit numbers will be changed, increasing east to west from New Britain (opposite of current sequential numbering). Here is the plan for the new exit sign and number for the I-84 East exit, which will be Exit 3:

Image of ConnDOT sign plan for CT 72 exits signs at I-84

Here are a couple other sign plans at the eastern (southern) and western (northern end):

Image of ConnDOT sign plan for exits 1A and 1B on CT 72 East in New BritainImage of ConnDOT sign plan for CT 177 exit on CT 72 West in Bristol 

According to a memo from the Principal Transportation Engineer/ Planner of the Capital Region Council of Governments on September 13, 2019 ConnDOT plans to take until 2032 to convert all the state's exit numbers. After CT 72, CT 9 will be renumbered starting in 2021, I-691 would be next in 2022 or 2023, next would be CT 2 in 2023 or 2024, then CT 8/25 later in 2024. After that the current plan is for I-291 and  I-384 in 2026, I-91 in 2027, I-84 in 2028 and I-95 in 2029, the last scheduled would be CT 20 in 2032. There was no mention of  CT 15/Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways, either an oversight or there is no plan to renumber that route.1 Images of the I-295 exit number conversion are below.

New Hampshire

A November 20, 2019 report by WMUR indicated the NH Department of Transportation has endorsed revising the state's exit numbers to a mile based system. The project would be part of the state's next 10-year transportation plan which could be considered by the state's Executive council in late November. If endorsed there, the plan would go to the state legislature where it could take up to a year to work its way to approval. A week later, New Hampshire Governor Sununu expressed opposition to the proposal stating "Exit numbers are a point of pride for some of us in NH - and we shouldn't let Washington bureaucrats threaten to take that away!2 However, a later news report indicated that despite the governor's insistence, the state's Executive Council, which actually has control over the state's highway plan, has included a renumbering project in its new Draft 10-year Highway plan. According to the document, preliminary engineering will take place in 2022 with the project started in 2023.3

Rhode Island

RIDOT announced in the Fall of 2017 that the state planned to change all it's highway exit numbers to a mile-based system by 2020.

On August 16, 2019, the third renumbering project was awarded, for I-95 and the rest of the routes to be numbered: I-195, RI 24, RI 37.4 The original contract called for work to be completed between December 20, 2019 and February 28, 2020, but the winning bidder, Liddell Bros. complained this was too short a period for construction, because the contract included manufacturing and putting up 6 new cantilever supports and 1 cross highway overhead support, so the contract was amended to extend the deadline and apparently split the work so that the major piece of renumbering, I-95 would occur later. On November 27, 2019, RIDOT announced the first three routes of the final round of exit renumbering would be I-195, RI 10 and RI 37. Work on I-195 was to start on December 2 but snowy weather forced postponement first for a week, then to January. The exits on the other routes will start after the interstate is complete. For a list of the new exit numbers, got to the RIDOT Milemarker Exit Number Project Site. The next route to have its exit renumbered will be RI 24 in the Spring of 2020. Interstate 95 will be last, to take place before the end of 2020.     

The first route to have its exit numbers changed was I-295 in late November/early December 2017, an exit number (1) were also put up on RI 99, whose exit previously had no number. RIDOT advertised a second contract for exit renumbering let on September 11, 2018 that was again awarded to Liddell Bros. of Massachusetts for $697,000. On December 4, RI posted what the new numbers will be on RI 4 and RI 78 (and added numbers for RI 403) on their website as part of this second round. The new signs went up by the end of December (RIDOT posted a travelers advisory saying there would be lane closures for sign work along RI 4, 78 and 403 during the day from December 10-14 and 17-21). From the website, here's an example of how the new exit gore sign for the Gano Street/India Street exit on I-195 East will look like (will plan to post photos of actual signs later in December):

RIDOT image of new exit gore sign to be placed at Gano Street exit on I-195 West in Providence due to exit renumbering in Dec. 2019

Photos from the previous exit renumbering projects are below.

Vermont

The Vermont Department of Transportation (VTrans) has approved an amendment to their 2020 TIP to add supplemental tabs to the bottom of existing sequential exit signs listing the milepoint exit for each exit. The FHWA considers this only as an interim measure before full compliance with the mile-based exit requirement. The project will take place in 2020. Here's a photo of the proposed sign:

VDOT image of proposed milepoint exit number tab on existing Exit 24 sign on I-91 in Lyndonville created in Nov. 2019

Exit Renumbering Photos, images in reverse chronological order

As part of the RI effort, though under a separate contract, exit numbers were added to RI 146 between Providence and the Massachusetts state line starting in 2019. The contract has 2 parts. The Part 1 adds mileage based exit numbers to new signage going up between RI 99 and the Mass. border and new exit number gore signs to the remaining exits. The exit signs themselves will be replaced during Part 2 of the contract due for 2020. Here are photos of new signage put up by the end of June 2019:

Image of new overhead signs for RI 146 North exit on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

Overhead signage at the RI 146 North exit, these signs have been up for at least a year, it is unknown whether they will be replaced or new exit number tabs will be placed on them.

Image of newly placed exit number gore sign at RI 146A North exit on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

The new gore sign reflects the new number for the RI 146A North exit.

Image of recently placed North RI 146 reassurance marker following RI 146A exit in North Smithfield

A new North RI 146 reassurance marker following the North RI 146A exit.

Image of newly placed ground mounted 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 104 exit on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

Newly placed 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 114 with new exit number, 11, prior to old overhead sign not yet taken down.

Image of new exit number gore sign for RI 104 exit on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

The only other new sign for this exit northbound is the Exit 11 gore sign.

Image of recently placed 1 mile advance sign for Pound Hill Road exit on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

The new 1-mile advance sign with new exit number, 13, for he Pound Hill Road exit.

Image of newly placed auxiliary sign for Pound Hill Road exit on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

This new auxiliary sign for the Pound Hill Road exit has also been installed as well as....

Image of 1/2 mile ground mounted advance sign for Pound Hill Road on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

The 1/2 mile advance sign, the last new exit sign going northbound.

Image of new exit number gore sign for Pound Hill Road exit on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

There is a new Exit 13 gore sign at the Pound Hill Road off-ramp.

Image of new exit number gore sign for RI 4/RI 102 exit on RI 146 North in North Smithfield

The only new sign for the RI 5/RI 102 exit is the new Exit 14 gore sign, the last exit in Rhode Island.

The contractor has also placed most of the new number gore signs along the RI 146 South exits from I-295 to at least RI 15, nothing new northbound as of the end of June:

Image of new exit number gore sign for I-295 North exit on RI 146 South in Lincoln

The Exit 8A gore sign is for I-295 North.

Image of new exit number gore sign for North RI 116 exit on RI 146 South in Lincoln

The gore sign for the North RI 116 exit, Exit 7A.

Image of overhead sign and new exit number gore sign for RI 123 exit on RI 146 South in Lincoln

The existing overhead sign and new exit number, 5, gore sign for the RI 123 exit. (also new exit number 6 gore sign at RI 246 exit, not photographed).

Image of overhead signs and new exit number gore tabs at Twin River Road exit on RI 146 South in Lincoln

Hard to see, but the new exit number for the Twin River Road (and Casino) exit is 4B.

Image of new exit number gore sign and exit ramp overhead sign for RI 246 exit on RI 146 South in Lincoln

The new exit number gore sign for the RI 246/Old Louquisset Pike exit is 4A.

Image of new exit number gore sign for RI 15 exit on RI 146 South in North Providence

The last new exit number gore sign I photographed was at the RI 15 exit in North Providence, new Exit 2.

Link to Flickr Photo Gallery of new RI 78 Sign Images

Images of new exit numbers and signs on RI 4 and RI 403 taken on March 17, 2019:

RI 4

Image of first new overhead advance sign with new exit number and old exit number tab on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The first new sign southbound with new exit number is the 1/4 advance sign for the RI 401 exit just after leaving I-95.

Image of new overhead ramp sign with new exit number and old exit number tab on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The sign at the exit ramp is also new with the Old Exit 8 tab, however, the pull through sign was not replaced.

Image of new exit gore sign with old exit number tab for RI 401 exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The new gore sign with yellow old exit tab below for the RI 401 exit.

Image of new exit sign with unchanged exit number for RI 403/RI 402 exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The 1-Mile advance sign for the RI 403/RI 402 exit was replaced although the exit number did not change.

Image of existing overhead sign, not replaced, for RI 403/RI 402 exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The overhead 1/2 Mile advance sign was not replaced, the mile marker below is for Mile 8.

Image of new 1 mile advance overhead sign for RI 2 exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The 1 1/2 mile advance overhead sign was given the new exit number and old exit number tab. The new exit signs to come no longer include the south direction.

Image of new 3/4 mile advance sign for RI 2 exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The new 3/4 mile advance sign for the RI 2 exit is ground mounted, as was the original sign (see photos below).

Image of new ramp sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2 exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The new ramp sign is partially obscured by trees, hope they plan to take care of this problem before spring comes.

Image of new exit number gore sign with old exit number tab for RI 2 exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

New gore sign with the new number, 5 and the old number, 6, tab on RI 4 South.

Image of new auxiliary sign with new exit number for RI 2/RI 102 exit on RI 4 South in Exeter

The exit number was changed on this auxiliary sign for the upcoming RI 2/RI 102 exit.

Image of new 1-Mile advance sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2/RI 102 exit on RI 4 South in Exeter

New 1-Mile advance sign for the RI 2/RI 102 exits, the text of the VMS sign beyond was special for St. Patrick's Day.

Image of new 1/2 mile sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2/RI 102 exits on RI 4 South in Exeter

The 1/2 Mile advance duplicates the 1-Mile.

Image of revised auxiliary sign with new exit number for train station for RI 2/RI 102 exit on RI 4 South in Exeter

Another revised auxiliary sign, this for the commuter rail station in Wickford.

Image of new exit gore sign for RI 2 South, RI 102 West exit on RI 4 South in Exeter

The new exit number gore sign for the first RI 2/RI 102 exit with the old exit tab below.

Image of new ramp sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2 North/RI 102 South exit on RI 4 South in Exeter

The new ground-mounted sign for the second RI 2/RI 102 exit.

Image of new gore sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2 North/RI 102 South exit on RI 4 South in Exeter

The new gore sign with old exit number tab for the last exit on RI 4 South in Exeter.

Image of existing last exit number sign on RI 4 South in Exeter

If you doubt this is the last exit on RI 4 South, there's this sign for confirmation. Turning around and heading north...

Image of new 1 mile advance sign for RI 2/RI 102 exit on RI 4 North in Exeter

The 1-Mile advance sign for the combined RI 2/RI 102 exit heading northbound.

Image of new high-mounted blue services sign for RI 2/RI 102 exit on RI 4 North in Exeter

This new tall blue services sign apparently is leaving room for additional logos in the future.

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2/RI 102 exit on RI 4 North in Exeter

The new 1/2 mile advance sign for now Exit 3 is somewhat of a let down after the services sign.

Image of new ramp sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2/RI 102 exit on RI 4 North in Exeter

The mile marker helps confirm the new exit number on the ramp sign for the RI  2 / RI 102 exit is correct.

Image of new gore sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2/RI 102 exit on RI 4 North in Exeter

The new exit number gore sign for the RI 2 / RI 102 exit on RI 4 North.

Image of new 1-mile advance sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The new ground-mounted 1-mile advance sign with new exit number for the RI 2 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich.

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The 1/2 mile was the same, and then the ramp sign with different length supports due to it being mounted on a hill.

Image of new gore sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 2 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The new gore sign for the RI 2 exit followed by the unchanged overhead 1-mile advance sign for the RI 403 exit (photos of new exit numbers on that route below).

Image of new auxiliary sign with new exit number for RI 104 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The auxiliary sign for New England Tech sports the new exit number for the RI 401 exit ahead.

Image of new 1-mile advance sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 401/RI 2/ I-95 (North) exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The new RI 401 exit 1-Mile advance sign features RI 2 and I-95 which should have a 'To' in front of them, and a North for I-95.

Image of new auxilary sign with new exit number for RI 104 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The new auxiliary sign has the new number, but would it be simpler just to say Division Street?

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 401 East exit with new exit number and old exit number tab on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The new 1/4 mile advance sign is only for the RI 401 East exit.

Image of new overhead signs with new exit numbers and old exit number tab at RI 403 East ramp from RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The 1/4 mile overhead for the RI 401 exit does not have an old exit number tab and doesn't include RI 2.

Image of new overhead ramp sign with new exit number and old exit number tab for RI 401 West to RI 2 I-95 North exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The ramp sign for the RI 401 exit does have an old exit number tab and includes both RI 2 and I-95 shields.

Image of new gore sign with new exit number and old exit number tab at RI 104 West exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The mile marker confirms that this last gore sign on RI 4 North has the correct exit number.

RI 403

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for West Davisville Road exit with new exit number on RI 403 West in Kingsdale

RIDOT installed new exit signs with exit numbers, this the 1-mile advance for the West Davisville Road exit, now numbered Exit 2.

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign for West Davisville Road exit on RI 403 East in Davisville

The new 1/2 Mile advance sign with the same text.

Image of new exit number tab on top of existing overhead ramp sign for West Davisville Road exit on RI 403 East in Davisville

For the overhead ramp sign, a new exit number tab was placed on top of the existing sign.

Image of new exit number gore sign for West Davisville Road exit on RI 403 East in Davisville

The new Exit 2 gore sign, now no longer hidden behind the previous version (see photo below).

Image of new exit number tab on top of existing 1/2 mile advance sign for US 1 exit on RI 403 East in Davisville

The 1/2 mile advance sign for the US 1 / Davisville Road exit is now redundant since a new tab was placed on the old sign which had exit in its text.

Image of auxiliary sign with new exit number for Davisville Road exit on RI 403 East in Davisville

This advance sign could have taken advantage of the new exit number and said Exit 3 instead of Davisville Road.

Image of existing overhead signs with new exit number tab for US 1/Davisville Road exit on RI 403 East in Davisville

Again, a new exit number 3 tab was placed on the existing overhead signs at the exit ramp to US 1 /Davisville Road.

Image of new exit number gore sign at US 1/Davisville Road exit on RI 403 East in Davisville

The new exit number 3 gore sign and new overhead signage showing a split into Exit 3A (US 1) and Exit 3B (Davisville Road).

Image showing a closer view of new exit signage at split of ramps to US 1 and Davisville Road with new exit numbers on RI 403 East in Davisville

A closer view of gore sign at the split of the ramps for US 1 and Davisville Road eastbound, the last exit. Turning around...

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign with new exit number tab for To US 1 exit on RI 403 West in Davisville

The first exit sign westbound is the 1/2 mile advance for the TO US 1 / Post Road exit, a new Exit 3 tab placed on the existing sign.

Image of existing overhead ramp sign with new exit number tab for To US 1 exit on RI 403 West in Davisville

Likewise for the overhead ramps sign, a new Exit 3 tab sits on top of the existing sign.

Image of new exit number gore sign for the To US 1 exit on RI 403 West in Davisville

The new Exit 3 gore sign is also no longer hidden behind the old sign as it was in early December. This is the last numbered exit westbound.

Image of new sign, without exit number for RI 4 exit at end of RI 403 West

The exit signs for RI 4 were not given numbers, this being a new sign for the RI 4 exit.

Image of overhead ramp signs at end of RI 403 West at RI 4, no RI 4 shield on southbound exit sign

The existing signs at the RI 4 ramp split still are missing a shield for the RI 4 exit.


Earlier Photos taken in December 2018:

On December 10, 2018, RIDOT started placing new exit numbers, and in some cases, new signs, along RI 4 and RI 78, and adding exit numbers to RI 403 and the Airport Connector. These photos were taken early in the project on December 14:

RI 4

Image of new advisory sign for RI 4 exit renumbering at beginning of RI 4 South at I-95

Seen through glare is one of 2 advisory signs informing drivers of the upcoming exit number change, this southbound after the I-95 ramp.

Image of new sign posts placed for RI 2 exit with new exit number on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

Sign posts have been placed for a new exit sign for the RI 2 South exit, new Exit 5.

Image of new Exit 5 gore sign with old exit number tab sitting begin to be removed Exit 6 sign on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The new Exit 5 gore sign for RI 2 South with Old Exit 6 tab sits behind the old Exit 6 sign waiting for the rest of the new signs to be installed.

Image of new sign posts for RI 102 exit with new exit number on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

New sign posts await a new Exit 4 1-Mile advance sign for RI 102 on RI 4 South.

Image of sign posts for new 1./2 mile advance sign with new exit numbers for RI 102 exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

Another set of support posts await a new numbered (3A/B) 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 102 on RI 4 South.

Image of sign contractor truck about to put up new sign posts ahead ofn RI 102 North exit on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The sign contractor (Liddell Bros.) at work at the exit ramp to RI 102 North.

Image of new Exit 3B gore sign sitting behind current Exit 5B sign awaiting removal on RI 4 South at RI 102 exit

Another new gore sign with new number sitting behind former exit number sign to be removed when the remainder of the new exit signs for RI 102 are put up.

Image of new sign posts for RI 102 South exit ramp sign with new Exit 3B number on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

New sign posts await new Exit 3B ramp sign at RI 102 South exit off of RI 4 South.

Image of new Exit 3A gore sign sitting behind old Exit 5A sign at ramp to RI 102 South on RI 4 South in East Greenwich

The new gore sign for Exit 3B has also been installed behind the Exit 5B sign awaiting removal when all the RI 102 exit signs are put up. This is the last exit on RI 4 South. Turning around and heading back north, another advisory sign:

Image of newly placed advisory sign for exit number changes on RI 4 North after Oak Hill Road

Another exit renumbering advisory sign at the start of the freeway portion at mile 2.

Image of sign posts for future 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 102 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

Newly installed support post await new Exit 3 sign for RI 102 exit in RI 4 North.

Image of new Exit 3 gore sign with old exit 5 tab behind to be removed Exit 5 gore sign for RI 102 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

Though not completely visible, the new Exit 3 gore sign, with Old Exit 5 tab, is behind the soon to be removed exit sign for RI 102.

Image of existing 1 Mile advance sign for RI 2 exit to be changed under exit renumbering contract on RI 4 North

Contractors had not gotten around to placing new exit sign posts for this RI 2 1-Mile Advance sign on RI 4 North.

Image of new exit gore sign with old exit tab for RI 2 exit behind to be removed Exit 6 sign on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

New Exit 5 gore sign with Old Exit 6 tab hidden behind Exit 6 sign to be removed when the rest of the RI 2 exit signs are updated. The RI 403 sign in the background will not be changed due to the exit number not changing.

Image of RI 403 overhead exit sign that will not be changed as part of RI 4 exit renumbering contract

This overhead will not change either, more on RI 403 below.

Image of new support posts for future new exit number sign for RI 401 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

New support posts up for future 1-Mile Advance sign for RI 401 exit which will now be Exits 9A-B.

Image of support posts up for future 1/2 mile advance sign with new exit number for RI 401 exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

New posts also up for the 1/2 Mile Advance sign.

Image of new Exit 9A gore sign up behind soon to be removed Exit 8A sign for RI 401 East exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

The Exit 9A gore sign with Old Exit 8A tab currently hidden by the soon to be removed Exit 8 gore sign for the RI 401 East exit northbound.

Image of newly placed Exit 9B gore sign with Old Exit 8B tab hidden behind existing Exit 8B sign for RI 401 West exit on RI 4 North in East Greenwich

Similar scene with the new Exit 9B sign, hidden behind Exit 8B until all the new signs for the RI 401 exit are put up.

RI 403

As part of the same renumbering contract, RIDOT is putting up new exit numbers for the 4-mile RI 403 expressway, 2 new numbers heading east, and 1 west:

Starting eastbound, new exit signs will be going up.

Image of newly placed support posts for Exit 2 on RI 403 East in East Greenwich

New support posts had been placed for new 1-Mile Advance sign for West Davisville Road exit, to be numbered 2, on RI 403 East.

Image of existing overhead exit ramp sign for West Davisville Rd, soon to be Exit 2, on RI 403 East in East Greenwich

Presumably an Exit 2 tab will be placed on top the overhead sign in this location (there is no Exit 2 westbound).

Image of newly installed Exit 2 gore sign behind to be removed old exit sign at W. Davisville Rd exit on RI 403 East in Greenwich

The new Exit 2 gore sign is hidden behind the old sign, soon to be removed when the new exit signs go up eastbound.

Image of existing 1/2 mile advance sign for US 1 exit on RI 403 in East Greenwich

No posts for the 1/2 mile advance sign for the US 1 exit, at least yet, or the sign will remain with a new Exit 3 A/B tab.

Image of newly placed Exit 3 gore sign hidden behind old exit sign for US 1 exit on RI 403 East in East Greenwich

A new thin Exit 3 gore sign stands behind the old, soon to be removed exit sign at the beginning of the ramp to the US 1/Davisville Road exit.

Image of closeup of new Exit 3A and 3B gore signs at US 1 exit on RI 403 East in East Greenwich

The old gore sign mostly hides the new Exits 3A/3B sign at the ramp split for US 1 and Davisville Road. This is the last exit eastbound on RI 403. Turning around and heading west:

Image of overhead ramp sign for US 1 exit, soon to receive Exit 3 tab, on RI 403 West in East Greenwich

Presumably this overhead sign will get a Exit 3 tab in the near future.

Image of new Exit 3 gore sign hidden behind existing exit sign for US 1 exit on RI 403 West in East Greenwich

The new Exit 3 gore sign is currently hidden by the old Exit sign until all the US 1 exit signage is updated. This is the only exit westbound.

I hope to return early in the New Year to see all the new signage and exit numbers up along Routes 4, 72, 403 and the Airport Connector.

RIDOT says they are working on the timetable to renumber the exits on I-95, I-195, RI 10, RI 24 and RI 37.

Images of the new exit numbers on I-295 and RI 99 (December 2017):

Photos of each of the exits taken on December 11, 2017 starting on I-295 at the Massachusetts border and moving south, just like the project. Signs may be from either direction of the highway:

New Exit 22/Old Exit 11:

Image of RI 114 1-Mile Advance sign just across Mass. border on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The first, 1-Mile advance, sign is just over the Massachusetts border. The yellow old exit tab is above the revised exit number tab, which some sign engineers have expressed concern due to extra wind loading.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 114 exit on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance sign with a similar set up.

Image of exit numbering project advisory sign on I-295 South in Cumberland, RI

Before the exit there is an advisory sign about the exit renumbering project. How long after the project is finished will the sign be taken down?

Image of RI 114 overhead exit sign on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

For the exit itself, RIDOT uses cantilever overhead signage, and places the old exit number tab along the sign support.

Image of new gore sign for RI 114 exit on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number and temporary yellow old exit number tab

The exit gore sign resembles that in the plan above with the yellow old exit tab below, somewhat obscured by the reflector sign at the gore itself.

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 114 exit on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance sign northbound is overhead instead of ground mounted so it receives the old exit tab on the sign support.

Image of overhead sign for RI 114 exit ramp on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit number

The final new exit number sign heading into Massachusetts.

New Exit 20/Old Exit 10:

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI 122 exit on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The one mile advance sign for the next exit, RI 122.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 122 exit on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance heading down hill toward the Blackstone River bridge.

Image of overhead sign for RI 122 exit ramp on I-295 South in Cumberland with new exit number

The overhead exit ramp sign just prior to the bridge.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 122 exit on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit number

The 1/2 mile sign the opposite direction.

Image of blue service sign for RI 122 exit on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit numbers

The project also included changing the exit numbers on the blue services signs.

Image of overhead exit sign for RI 122 off-ramp on I-295 North in Cumberland with new exit number

The exit ramp sign with the yellow old exit tab on the cantilever sign support.

New Exit 18/Old Exit 9:

Image of 1-mile advance sign for RI 146 exit on I-295 South in Lincoln with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance sign is the only ground mounted sign heading south on I-295.

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 146 exits on I-295 South in Lincoln with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance overhead sign has the old exit tab on the cantilever support. This is the first exit southbound with two off-ramps.

Image of overhead signs at RI 146 exits on I-295 South in Lincoln with new exit numbers

The overhead gantry holds the exit signs with the Old exit tab on the right support, and possibly hard to spot.

Image of new gore sign at off-ramp for RI 146 North from I-295 North in Lincoln with new exit number

The new gore sign at the RI 146 North ramp, the new and old exit numbers continue the pattern of the new numbers being twice the old ones.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 146 exits on I-295 North in Lincoln with new exit number

The 1/2 mile sign northbound is ground-mounted.

Image of brown attractions guide sign with new exit number prior to RI 146 exit on I-295 North in Lincoln

The existing brown attractions guide sign for Twin River Casino got a new pasted number that now lacks a space between Exit and the number.

 Image of overhead ramp signs for RI 146 exits from I-295 North in Lincoln with new exit numbers

The northbound ramp signage is similar to that southbound.

New Exit 15/Old Exit 8:

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI 7 exits on I-295 South in North Smithfield with new exit number

The one-mile advance sign heading south, the streak of old x 2= new is over.

Image of overhead exit sign for RI 7 North on I-295 South in North Smithfield with new exit number

This bridge-mounted exit sign for RI 7 South does not have a corresponding old exit number sign.

Image of 1-mile advance sign for RI 7 exits on I-295 North in North Smithfield with new exit number

The 1-Mile Advance sign heading northbound (solar glare not a problem in this direction).

Image of auxiliary sign for RI 7 exit on I-295 North in North Smithfield with new exit number

Exit numbers also change on the auxiliary signs, in this case for the RI 7 North exit.

Image of overhead signs for RI 7 exits on I-295 North in North Smithfield with new exit numbers

These overhead signs have the yellow old exit tab on the right support.

Image of overhead sign for RI 7 North exit ramp on I-295 North in North Smithfield with new exit number

Same case here with this bridge-mounted sign, no old exit number sign, though is one on gore sign in distance.

New Exit 12/Old Exit 7:

Image of 1-mile advance sign for US 44 exit on I-295 South in Smithfield with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance sign for the US 44 exit southbound, yellow old exit number tab on top.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for US 44 exit on I-295 South in Smithfield with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance sign at the start of the long downhill run to the exit.

Image of auxiliary sign for US 44 exit on I-295 North in Smithfield now with new exit number

Blue services sign heading northbound with changed number for the US 44 exit.

Image of overhead signs for US 44 exit ramps on I-295 North in Smithfield with new exit numbers

The exit numbers were changed, the yellow old exit number sign put up, but the damaged sign not fixed approaching the US 44 ramps.

New Exit 9/Old Exit 6

Image of 1-Mile advance overhead sign on I-295 North in Johnston with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance sign northbound is at the ramp for the previous exit. This is the only 1 mile sign without an accompanying old exit number tab.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for US 6 exit on I-295 South in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance southbound listing that there are 3 suffixed ramps for this exit (though only A and C southbound).

Image of new exit gore sign for US 6 exits on I-295 South in Johnston, RI with new exit number

Gore sign at the ramp to US 6 West. As the numbers show, US 6 will no longer be Exit 6 on I-295.

Image of overhead exit sign for US 6 East on C/D ramp from I-295 South in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The other exit southbound is now 9C with the former exit number on the support post.

Image of auxiliary signage for US 6 exit on I-295 North in Johnston, RI with new exit numbers

Heading north there are 3 exit ramps for the US 6 exit, the middle is actually for I-295 South.

Image of overhead exit ramp sign for US 6 exit on I-295 North in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The C/D ramp sign heading north does not include the list of suffixed exits A-B-C.

Image of overhead sign for I-295 South exit on C/D Ramp for US 6 on I-295 North in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The I-295 exit is now 9B. Schools had been let out, hence the buses on the C/D ramp.

Image of overhead exit sign for US 6 West along C/D ramp from I-295 North in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The new number and signage at the US 6 West exit on I-295 North.

New Exit 7/Old Exit 5:

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI Technology Center exit on I-295 South in Johnston, RI with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance for the RI Resource Recovery Industrial Park (RIRRIP?). Notice the old exit tab is on tab of the Exit 7 tab and not on the sign support.

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for RI Industrial Park exit on I-295 South in Cranston, RI, with new exit number

Same case for the next (extra large) 1/2 Mile advance sign.

Image of overhead exit signs for RI Industrial Park and RI 14 on I-295 South in Cranston with new exit numbers

As was the case with North I-295, the 1-Mile advance sign at the exit ramp for Exit 7 does not feature an old exit number tab.

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI Industrial Park exit on I-295 North in Cranston, RI with new exit number

The 1-Mile Advance sign northbound also features the old exit number tab at the top of the sign.

New Exit 6/Old Exit 4:

Image of 1-Mile advance sign for RI 14 exit on I-295 North in Warwick with new exit number

The 1-Mile advance sign heading northbound with the old exit tab on top of a ground-level sign.

Image of overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 14 exit on I-295 North in Warwick with new exit number

Here the yellow old exit number tab is back on the sign support post.

Exit 3 did not need to be changed. RIDOT did not place, like some other states have, a confusing sign saying new Exit 3 is old Exit 3:

Image of overhead signage for RI 37 exits on I-295 North in Warwick with same exit numbers

New Exit 1B/Old Exit 2:

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for RI 2 South exit on I-295 South in Warwick with new exit number

The 1/2 mile advance sign. This and old Exit 1 are the only standalone exits that get new suffixed numbers. This is not the end of the album, despite the truck message.

Image of overhead signs for RI 2 and RI 113 exits on I-295 South in Warwick with new exit numbers

The overhead has signs for the last two exits. It appears that Rhode Island will not be using Exit 0 in that Exit 1, now 1A is south of the Mile 1 marker.

New Exit 1A/Old Exit 1:

Image of overhead sign for RI 113 West exit on I-295 South in Warwick with new exit number

The last exit sign with a new number southbound, the yellow old exit tab partially concealed by tree branches.

Image of new RI 113 West Exit Gore Sign with new number and yellow old exit number tab on I-295 South in Warwick

The last new gore sign with the old exit number tab prior to merging onto I-95 South in Warwick.

RI 99

As part of the I-295 Exit Renumbering Project, RIDOT also placed an exit number on the 1 previously unnumbered exit on the highway. The new number, you probably guessed, is 1. Here is the signage on RI 99 North:

Image of RI 99 Exit 1/2 Mile Advance sign with new Exit Number 1 in Lincoln
Image of 1/4 mile advance sign for Lincoln/No. Smithfield exit on RI 99 North now with exit number, 1
Image of Exit sign for Lincoln/No. Smithfield on RI 99 North with new exit number, 1

Connecticut

The first Massachusetts exit sign with a milepost based number was put up on I-395 in February 2016. It was for a Connecticut exit though. After that state completed changing all of its numbers along I-395, a patch was put over the 1 mile sign southbound across the Massachusetts border changing the number from 100 to 53. This may be now the only one for a long time, given MassDOT's reluctance to start their planned exit number conversion project:

Image of new milepost exit number on I-395 South in MA for CT Exit 53

As for signage in Connecticut along I-395. Here's the first milepost exit sign crossing into that state southbound from Massachusetts for the same exit as above:

Image of new exit number on I-395 South signage just across Mass. border in East Thompson, CT

The signage at the East Thompson/Wilsonville exit ramp:

Image of new exit sign with new milepost based number on I-395 South just over Mass. border in
                                                   East Thompson, CT

Image of the gore signage:

Image of new gore sign with milepost and former exit number on I-395 South in East Thompson, CT

As the photos above show, only the first advance sign and the exit and gore sign get an additional tab indicating the old exit number. These will be left up for at least 2 years. Here are examples of other newly numbered exit signs on I-395 heading further south:

Image of new exit sign for CT 200 with new exit number on I-395 South in Thompson, CT

Image of new milepost exit gore sign for US 44 exit on I-395 South in Putnam, CT

Image of new gore sign with milepost based exit and old number for To CT 12 exit on I-395 South in Putnam, CT

The US 6 exit includes the first new overhead signs with milepost based numbers:

Image of new overhead advance signs with new milepost based numbers for US 6 exit on I-395 South in Danielson, CT

Image of new exit ramp and advance overhead signage with new milepost base exit numbers on I-395 South in Danielson, CT

Turning around and heading north, some more overhead signage:

Image of new overhead exit ramp and advance signs at US 6 West exit on I-395 North in Danielson, CT

Image of new exit gore signage with old exit number tab for US 6 West exit on I-395 North in Danielson
Image of new 1-Mile advance sign for CT 101 exit with new milepost based number on I-395 North in Dayville, CT

Image of new gore sign for CT 101 exit with new milepost based number and old exit number tab on bottom on I-395 North in Dayville, CT
Image of new 1-mile advance sign with new milepost based exit number for CT 14 on I-395 North in Moosup, CT

New exit numbers were also installed on Secret CT 695, the stub of the Connecticut Turnpike that connects I-395 to US 6, here is a photo of new exit signage heading west toward I-395:

Image of new 1-Mile advance sign with new milepost exit number on I-395 South in CT

And here's signage with milepost based numbers on CT 2A:

Image of new 1/2 mile advance sign with new milepost based number on CT 2A East near Mohegan Sun casino

Another new exit number sign on CT 2A:

Image of new 1/4 mile advance sign with new milepost based exit number on CT 2A West in Uncasville, CT

For a full set of photos of new signage along I-395 visit these two blog posts:

A Drive along (Part of) I-395 from November 8, 2015

Road Trip to the Future from February 29, 2016

Check Out My Other Photo Pages:

Interstate 90/Mass Pike

Interstate 93

Interstate 95

Interstate 495

US 6/Mid-Cape Highway

MA Route 24

Check out the MA Interstate Exit Lists

Return to Massachusetts Highway for the 21st Century

Notes:

1. AARoads Forum, Northeast region, Connecticut News thread, Reply # 3033. Available at: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=1898.3025.

2. Mackin, Jean.  2019. "Gov. Chris Sununu vows to fight plan to change highway exit numbers in NH," WMUR.com. November 27. Downloaded from: https://www.wmur.com/article/gov-chris-sununu-vows-to-fight-plan-to-change-highway-exit-numbers-in-nh/30031502, Dec. 14.

3. GACIT. 2019. Governor's Advisory Council on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) Recommendations for the Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan, 2021-2030. December 2. p. 161/227. Downloaded from: https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/typ/documents/book-typ-2021-2030gacit-to-gov.pdf, December 17.

4. RIDOT. 2019. Bidding Opportunities, Construction Projects, Contract No. 2019-CT-060. Downloaded from: http://www.dot.ri.gov/contracting/bids/index.php, August 3.

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