Lower Thames Is Getting A Detour This Week And It’s Not Pretty.

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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings won’t be fun.

Newport Police announce that there will be a detour on Lower Thames this week. Starting at 6pm each evening, the street will be closed at Dearborn through to Wellington, which means that if you’re heading down to the Fifth Ward, you’re better off taking Bellevue. (You have to anyway)

Here’s the route you’ll have to take if you’re heading from O’brien’s Pub to Ash Mart:


Obviously, turning up Young and then driving straight up Bowery will be a real time saver. As will taking Memorial straight up to Bellevue Avenue.

Here’s the full press release from the Newport Police Department:

National Grid Gas will be conducting required maintenance on the gas main on Lower Thames Street requiring a detour. Work consists of the excavation of Thames Street in three separate areas between Dearborn Street and Wellington Ave. This work and traffic detour will occur on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 and Thursday, November 17, 2016. Work will begin nightly at 6pm till completion each night to minimize traffic disruptions. The roadway will be open each morning following the scheduled work for the morning commute.

Traffic traveling south on Thames Street will be detoured at Dearborn. The detour will then travel east on Dearborn making a left traveling northbound on Spring Street, turning right onto Bowery and right onto Bellevue Ave and right onto Narragansett Ave to Thames Street. Detour signs will be in place and police officers will be on site to assist motorist with getting to businesses or home. Please use alternate routes during construction.

Sergeant Jonathan Cortes

This should be the most traffic excitement the neighborhood has seen since a water main broke on Spring Street the Saturday evening of the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend. Fortunately, Newport sees a bit less traffic volume in November than in the height of tourist season.

So we have that going for us, which is nice.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Traffic Correspondent

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?