U.S. Route 6 in Rhode Island

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U.S. Route 6

Grand Army of the Republic Highway
US 6 highlighted in red, US 6A highlighted in blue
Route information
Maintained by RIDOT
Length26.5 mi[1] (42.6 km)
Major junctions
West end US 6 / Conn. Turnpike in Killingly, CT
Major intersections I-295 / US 6A in Johnston

I-95 / Route 10 in Providence

I-195 / US 44 / US 1A concurrencies from Providence to East Providence
East end US 6 in Seekonk, MA
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
Highway system

Route 5US 6.svg US 6A
I-195Rhode Island 195.svg Route 214

U.S. Route 6 (US 6) is a major east–west road in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Nationally, the route continues west to Bishop, California, and east to Provincetown, Massachusetts. In western Rhode Island, it forms part of one of several routes between Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence and was planned to be replaced by Interstate 84 (I-84). The part of I-84 that was built, from I-295 to Olneyville, is now part of US 6. At Olneyville, US 6 joins Route 10 and heads east toward Downtown, Providence, where it turns south on I-95 and east on I-195. US 6 splits from I-195 in East Providence, crossing into Massachusetts on Warren Avenue. The whole route of US 6 is a state highway maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT).[2]

Route description

US 6 crosses from Killingly, Connecticut, into Foster just east of the end of the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike, formerly known as the Connecticut Turnpike (SR 695). That part of US 6 was once the Foster and Scituate Turnpike, now called the Danielson Pike. It crosses Route 94 in Foster before crossing into Scituate.

Signage at the eastbound business/bypass split marks the bypass as both "By-Pass" (top photo) and regular (bottom photo) US 6. The business route is marked as simply "Business Route" with no US 6 shield.

By-pass plate.svg
US 6.svg

Soon after entering Scituate, US 6 splits into bypass and business alignments. The business alignment runs further south along the old turnpike and is mostly signed as US 6 without a banner. The bypass is signed mostly as US 6 Bypass (US 6 Byp.) on sign assemblies but as bannerless US 6 on green guide signs. Most maps and information takes US 6 along the bypass.

The bridge carrying Gleaner Chapel Road over the bypass

The business and bypass cross Route 102 soon after splitting. The western half of the bypass is a two-lane limited-access road, with one grade separation, under Gleaner Chapel Road, and one intersection, at Route 102. This newer section ends as it merges with Route 101, once the Rhode Island and Connecticut Turnpike, and now called Hartford Pike. The two parallel alignments cross the Scituate Reservoir and Route 116 before they merge near the east edge of Scituate. This merge was the east end of the Foster and Scituate Turnpike and was the east end of Route 101 until the early 2000s (when it was truncated to the merge with US 6 Byp.). (The Rhode Island and Connecticut Turnpike continued to the Olneyville section of Providence, where it is known as Hartford Avenue.)

Soon after the bypass and business routes merge, US 6 enters Johnston. Several miles later, it intersects with I-295. From I-295 to Olneyville, the old road—Hartford Avenue—is now US 6A, as US 6 uses the Dennis J. Roberts Expressway. To get there, it turns south on the I-295 collector–distributor roads to the west end of that freeway. The south interchange[3] of US 6 and I-295 has numerous ramp stubs once intended for a western continuation of the Roberts Expressway as I-84.

The sign for the intersection of US 6/Route 10 and I-95 in Downtown, Providence

The six-lane Roberts Expressway has interchanges with Route 5, US 6A, Route 128, and US 6A again on its way to Olneyville. It crosses from Johnston into Providence just west of the bridge over Route 128. At the second US 6A interchange, the older Olneyville Bypass begins, and the freeway reduces to four lanes. Heading around Olneyville to the south and east, US 6 has partial interchanges with Route 14, Route 10, and Broadway before merging with Route 10 toward Downtown, Providence, on the Route 6-10 Connector. Along the connector is an interchange with Dean Street before it (and Route 10) ends at I-95, with ramps to Memorial Boulevard for downtown access. US 6 turns south there with I-95. US 6 soon leaves I-95 for I-195, which takes it east across the south side of downtown. US 1A and US 44 join after it crosses the Providence River, and the four routes head east across the Washington Bridge over the Seekonk River.

Upon crossing the Washington Bridge, US 6 enters East Providence. US 44 leaves onto Taunton Avenue at the east end of the bridge, and Route 103—the old alignment of US 6—begins on Warren Avenue. (Some signs still mark Warren Avenue as US 6, but signs in both directions on US 6 keep it on I-195.) After interchanges with Broadway and Pawtucket Avenue—the latter carrying Route 114 in both directions and US 1A to the north—US 6 splits from I-195 at the interchange with Route 114 (East Shore Expressway). It takes the ramps toward Warren Avenue, which it uses most of the way to the state line before heading southeast on Highland Avenue to cross into Seekonk, Massachusetts.


New England 3.svg

In Rhode Island, US 6 was originally New England Route 3 (Route 3) of the New England road marking system, designated in 1922. The part of Route 3 in Rhode Island ran roughly how US 6 does now; the main differences were in Scituate (where it used US 6 Bus.) and from Johnston east through Providence and East Providence (where it used US 6A, Broadway, Washington Street, Waterman Street, the old Red Bridge and Waterman Avenue, and then turned south on Pawtucket Avenue and east along current Route 103 to reach Massachusetts).[4]

By the time Route 3 became US 6 in late 1926, it had been moved to use Waterman Avenue through East Providence to Massachusetts.[5] (In Massachusetts, US 6 turned south on present Route 114A to reach its current alignment.) Waterman Street in Providence had become one-way eastbound by 1930; westbound US 6 came off the Red Bridge and turned north on River Street, west on South Angell Street and Angell Street, and south on Benefit Street.[6][7]

At some point, possibly by 1929, US 6 had moved from the Red Bridge to the Washington Bridge. In Downtown, Providence, it turned south on Main Street and east on Fox Point Boulevard (now I-195) to reach the bridge, taking Taunton Avenue (now US 44) into Massachusetts (where it turned south on present Route 114A).[8]

US 6 was realigned to bypass downtown to the south via the Point Street Bridge by 1942. It came along Westminster Street from Olneyville, turning southeast on Winter Street (now Fricker Street) and Lockwood Street. A short one-way pair on Lockwood and Friendship streets (eastbound) and Pine and Summer streets (westbound) led to Point Street and over the bridge of the same name to the west end of Fox Point Boulevard. Upon coming off the Washington Bridge, instead of heading northeast on Taunton Avenue, it had been moved to the more direct Warren Avenue by 1942.[7]

Many older signs along old US 6 (now mostly Route 103) in East Providence still mark it as US 6.

When the Olneyville Bypass opened in 1953, US 6 was rerouted to use it. Eastbound US 6 simply exited the bypass onto Westminster Street to rejoin its old route, but westbound US 6 used a totally different route. It turned northwest on Main Street instead of crossing the Point Street Bridge and turned west at Waterman Street to reach Promenade Street, then passing through the large rotary north of Union Station onto Kinsley Avenue. (Kinsley Avenue was later one-way eastbound in that area, so US 6 west continued on Promenade Street from the rotary, crossing to Kinsley Avenue somewhere to the west.[9][10]

When the Broad Freeway—the section of I-195 south of downtown—opened in 1958, it replaced part of eastbound US 6. Instead of turning east on Point Street, US 6 instead continued northeast on Friendship Street to reach the freeway. In 1963 and 1964, I-95 was opened at the west end of I-195; the eastbound entrance from Friendship was slightly moved but otherwise remained the same. To the east of the Washington Bridge, the East Providence Expressway—another section of I-195—opened in 1959. Maps (and even some current signage) disagree about whether US 6 moved to the new bypass at that point or remained on Warren Avenue.[9][10]

To the west of the Providence area, the three-lane bypass (one lane eastbound and two lanes westbound) of Scituate opened c. 1966.[11] This road is signed with US 6 Byp. signs, while the old route is still signed as US 6.

Dennis J. Roberts Expressway

US 6 Byp. sign on the Roberts Expressway, now US 6

The Dennis J. Roberts Expressway opened in 1971, providing a bypass of US 6 from I-295 in Johnston east to Olneyville. However, US 6 was not moved to it, as it was part of the planned I-84 (approved in 1968). It was assigned the temporary designation of Rhode Island Route 195 (Route 195), as the planned I-84 would continue east from Olneyville to the west end of I-195. The freeway was also signed as US 6 Byp. However, I-84 was never completed, and in 1991 US 6 was moved to the freeway, with the old route redesignated US 6A.[12]

In Downtown, Providence, US 6 was moved in 1988 with the opening of the Route 6-10 Connector between Olneyville and downtown. US 6 was moved off the long one-way pair and onto the connector, turning south on I-95 and east on I-195. With the construction of the Iway, traffic was rerouted further south.


RIDOT has started renumbering exits along I-195. Exits on I-95 will be renumbered in 2022.[13][14]

A plan has been proposed to close westbound exit 1D (Gano Street) and open a new exit, exit 1E (Waterfront Avenue), along I-195.[15]

Major intersections

RIDOT is in the process of renumbering exits from sequential numbering to a mileage-based system to conform with federal highway standards. Exits on the US 6 segments concurrent with I-95, I-195, and I-295 were renumbered. The exit numbers were signed with the three Interstates.[13] The entire route is in Providence County.


US 6 west (Providence Pike) to I-395 – Danielson, Hartford, Willimantic, Norwich
Continuation into Connecticut
3.305.31 Route 94 (Mount Hygeia Road / Foster Center Road) – Foster Center, Glocester

US 6 Bus. east (Danielson Pike) – Scituate
Western terminus of US 6 Business; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
6.7010.78 Route 102 (Chopmist Hill Road) – Coventry, Glocester
Route 101 west (Hartford Pike) – Foster
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; eastern terminus of Route 101
11.4018.35 Route 116 (West Greenville Road) – Hope, Greenville

US 6 Bus. west (Danielson Pike) – Scituate
Eastern terminus of US 6 Business; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Johnston14.9023.98Western terminus of freeway section

I-295 north / US 6A east (Hartford Avenue) – Woonsocket, North Attleborough, Johnston
Western end of I-295 concurrency with I-295; western terminus of US 6A
I-295 south – Warwick
Eastern end of I-295 concurrency
16.4026.39 Route 5 (Atwood Avenue) – Johnston
US 6A west (Hartford Avenue) – Johnston, Apponaug
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
17.9028.81 Route 128 (Killingly Street) – Providence, Johnston
Truck-only electronic toll gantry ($5.00)[16]
US 6A west (Hartford Avenue) – Johnston
Eastern terminus of US 6A; since the closure of the RI 14 exit, this is the closest exit to access nearby RI 14
Route 14 west (Plainfield Street)
Eastern terminus of Route 14; eastbound entrance only; westbound exit closed permanently for reconstruction of the US 6/RI 10 interchange
Route 10 south – Cranston
Western terminus of Route 10 concurrency
20.0032.19Broadway – Olneyville SquareEastbound exit only
20.2032.51Tobey Street / Harris AvenueWestbound entrance only
20.9033.6437DProvidence PlaceWestbound exit signed from I-95 north
21.2034.1237BMemorial Boulevard – Downtown ProvidenceWestbound exit signed from I-95 north
I-95 north – Boston
Eastern terminus of Route 10; western end of I-95 concurrency
21.3534.3637ABroadwayWestbound exit only

I-95 south to US 1A – New York City
Eastern end of I-95 concurrency; western end of I-195; western terminus of I-195
22.7036.531APoint StreetNo eastbound exit
22.8036.691B Eddy Street – Rhode Island HospitalWestbound exit only
Providence River22.80–
Providence River Bridge (Iway)
Providence23.1037.181AIndia Street / Gano StreetEastbound exit only
US 44 west (South Main Street / US 1A south)
Western end of US 1A-44 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
23.7038.141DGano Street – India PointWestbound exit and entrance
Seekonk River23.70–
Washington Bridge
East Providence23.9038.461EWaterfront AvenueProposed westbound exit
US 44 east (Taunton Avenue) – Riverside
Eastern end of US 44 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; signed as exits 1B (Riverside) and 1C (US 44)
Route 103 east (Warren Avenue)
Western terminus of Route 103; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
24.5039.432AWarren Avenue / Broadway / Pawtucket Avenue – East ProvidenceSigned as exit 2 westbound; also signed for US 44 and Route 103 westbound
Route 114 south – East Providence, Barrington
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
I-195 east – Fall River MA
Eastern end of I-195 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Eastern terminus of freeway section

US 1A north (Warren Avenue) to Route 114 north
Eastern end of US 1A concurrency
US 6 east (Highland Avenue) – Seekonk
Continuation into Massachusetts
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes

There are three special routes of US 6 in the state of Rhode Island: US 6 Bus. and US 6 Byp. in Scituate and US 6A in Johnston and Providence.

Danielson Pike

Danielson Pike

Length11.83 mi (19.04 km)

Danielson Pike, formerly known as the Foster and Scituate Turnpike, runs concurrent with US 6 and US 6 Bus. in Foster and Scituate.

Major intersections
The entire route is in Providence County.


US 6 west (Providence Pike) to I-395 – Danielson, Hartford, Willimantic, Norwich
US 6 continues west into Connecticut
3.305.31 Route 94 (Mont Hygeia Road / Foster Center Road) – Foster Center, Glocester
US 6 east (North Scituate Bypass) – Providence
US 6 continues east; western terminus of US 6 business; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Route 102 (Chopmist Hill Road) to US 6 – Coventry, Glocester
11.1217.90 Route 116 (West Greenville Road) – Hope, Greenville
11.8319.04 US 6 (Hartford Avenue) – ProvidenceEastern terminus of US 6 Business; no access to US 6 west
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "Mapquest driving directions". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Projects". Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on October 11, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2023.
  3. ^ Google (February 26, 2023). "Interchange of I-295 and US 6" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 26, 2023.
  4. ^ "File:1922 New England road map 2.jpg - Wikipedia". commons.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2023-02-27.
  5. ^ American Association of State Highway Officials, United States Numbered Highways, 1927 (despite mainly including only cities, it includes the line "Beginning at the Massachusetts-Rhode Island State line on Waterman Avenue, East Providence")
  6. ^ "1930 Gallup Providence map". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b "1942 RIDOT Providence map". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  8. ^ "File:1929 New England road map.jpg - Wikipedia". commons.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2023-02-27.
  9. ^ a b "1961 Gousha Providence map". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  10. ^ a b 1964 Rand McNally Providence map
  11. ^ "National Bridge Inventory", Wikipedia, 2022-10-21, retrieved 2023-02-27
  12. ^ "The Roads of Metro Boston: Dennis J Roberts Expressway". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Exit Renumbering". Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  14. ^ NEWS, NBC 10 (2019-11-26). "New exit numbers will appear on I-195". WJAR. Retrieved 2019-12-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Anderson, Patrick. "$70-million plan would add lane to Washington Bridge, close Gano Street exit". providencejournal.com. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  16. ^ "Environmental Assessment" (PDF). Rhode Island Department of Transportation. December 14, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2019.

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