Route 5 is a principal arterial, with an ADT over 20,000, located in a densely developed commercial corridor. BETA is working with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to provide design services for the reconstruction of Route 5 from Mayfield Avenue to Potters Avenue, including the interchange at I-95. Construction of the section from I-95 to Potters Avenue has been completed. This section included significant capacity and safety improvements at the Route 5/Route 113 intersection. Design of the section from Mayfield Avenue to I-95 is underway and includes design of new signals at the intersection of Route 5, Knight Street, and the Warwick Mall entrance driveway and the intersection of Route 5 and West Natick Road.
As part of the contract, BETA designed emergency repairs to Route 5 and West Natick Road following historic flooding in 2010. This work was completed on very aggressive schedule to coincide with the re-opening of the Mall. Operation of the roundabout is being modeled using Vissim traffic simulation software to optimize the design. The Vissim model will be used in presentations to the public and other stakeholders.
Extensive traffic analysis was conducted in the vicinity of the Mall to ensure that proposed improvements were compatible with the Mall’s operations. Options were developed that included new signals, new geometry, roundabouts, and new land configurations.