The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced the off-ramp from I-195 eastbound to Route 18 southbound in New Bedford will be closed overnight beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, and reopening at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning. The temporary ramp closure is necessary to perform bridge deck and joint repairs.

Traffic will be detoured to Exit 16 as follows: travel west on Washburn Street, north onto Belleville Avenue, west onto Coggeshall Street, and south onto Route 18.

Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.

The schedule for these operations is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:

· Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.

· Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.

· Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.

· Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

--MassDOT