We received the following announcement from RIDOT:
Westerly: Rte. 91 (Oak St./Westerly-Bradford Rd.) from Rte. 3 (High St.) to State Highway Garage, and from State Highway Garage to Bradford Railroad Bridge, various lane closures for construction, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A one-way alternating traffic pattern may be in place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pedestrians and bicyclists are restricted on Route 91 (Westerly Bradford Road) in the area of Newton Swamp during construction.
The construction is expected to last two weeks. You can can check the RIDOT travel advisory page for ongoing updates. Not knowing the area at all, I corresponded with RIDOT engineers about the need for a bicycle restriction. Apparently this particular section will be reduced to a single lane for a significant distance, will have no viable extra width to accommodate bicycles and automobiles concurrently, and experiences a significant elevation change. The elevation change would slow cyclists significantly. Does anyone have live or ride in this area and can actually attest to the road conditions along this stretch?