Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 29, 2011

ALERT FROM CITY OF PROVIDENCE: Excessive Traffic Congestion Expected On Monday

The popular “GET MOTIVATED” business mega-seminar is expected to draw an estimated 13,000-18,000 people to the Dunkin Donuts Center  in downtown Providence on Monday, Oct. 3. The seminar will feature Bill Cosby, General Colin Powell, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Terry Bradshaw, Lou Holtz, Howard Putnam, Rick Belluzzo, Bob Harrison and Mary Buffett. The event is expected to provide a significant boost to the local economy, as thousands of visitors attending the seminar will spend the day eating, shopping and enjoying downtown Providence.

TRAFFIC ALERT

Unlike most events that fill the Dunkin Donuts Center to capacity, the GET MOTIVATED seminar will take place during a business day rather than during the evening or on a weekend day. The seminar will occur Monday from 8 AM – 4:45 PM, with thousands of additional cars traveling into and out of downtown Providence from all parts north, south, east and west during the peak hours of the morning and evening commute.

Delays are expected in both directions on Route 95 and Route 195 and will have a spillover effect impacting the entire city.

To avoid significant traffic delays experienced by other cities that have hosted this event, all who work and live in the city should plan ahead and allow for longer morning and afternoon commutes.

Providence Public Schools will delay their start times by two hours, on the recommendation of Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.

Students who ride buses should plan to be at their stops two hours later than normal, and parents who drive their children to school are advised to carpool if possible, and to check ahead on traffic and plan accordingly to ensure that students arrive by the delayed start time. Afternoon bus routes may also be delayed by traffic, though most are completed before the event ends.

TRANSPORTATION RECOMMENDATIONS

Consider using alternative transportation, public transportation, or plan to carpool with neighbors and colleagues.

Map out some alternative routes and look for at least two additional ways to complete your commute safely.

Remember to check traffic reports before heading into or out of Providence, and check for regular updates via radio and mobile phone. If available, use a GPS device with live traffic updates during your commute. Useful planning tools from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT):

– Live traffic cameras on the RIDOT RhodeWAYS site: www.tmc.dot.ri.gov
– Travel advisories: www.tmc.dot.ri.gov/traveladvisories
– Follow RIDOT on Twitter @RIDOTnews

Providence public safety officials @PEMA591 and @PvdPublicSafety will be monitoring Twitter hashtag #pvdtraffic during the GET MOTIVATED event. Twitter users can report traffic and parking issues related to the event via #pvdtraffic. For real emergencies, call 9-1-1.

PARKING

Cars seeking to park in and around downtown Providence should be expected to exceed available parking spaces by several thousand.

Dunkin Donuts Center officials are expecting Convention Center and Mall parking to reach capacity level early in the morning. Doors are scheduled to open for GET MOTIVATED at 6:45AM and the event will begin at 8AM.

A list of all parking lots in downtown Providence is available here: downtownprovidence.com

All parking regulations will be enforced. Cars blocking roads or violating parking rules will be ticketed.


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