Sunday, December 2, 2012
The new road along the Seekonk River in East Providence was officially dedicated Friday morning, Nov. 30.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Classic cars were paired with politicans Friday morning, Nov. 30, in East Providence for the official opening of a new road: Waterfront Drive along the Seekonk River from Warren Avenue to Dexter Road. A parade of classic cars owned by customers of SD Concepts, which is moving from West Warwick to Dexter Road in East Providence, drove down Waterfront Drive and through a red ribbon hung over the road. "It was a unique way to officially open the road, rather than using gold scissors to cut the ribbon, as is usually the case with ribbon cutting ceremonies," said a spokesperson for RIDOT. Among the dignitaries who spoke were RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee, RIDOT Director Michael Lewis, and East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers.
Friday, November 30, 2012
RIDOT holds an official reopening for the 10 Mile Bridges on North Broadway Friday afternoon; the project was finished a year ahead of schedule.
Several of the state’s leading politicians, including Gov. Lincoln Chafee, were on hand Friday afternoon, Nov. 30, for the official reopening of 10 Mile Bridges on North Broadway in East Providence. But it was the speed with which the project was completed – one year ahead of schedule – that got most of the attention. Everyone credited the teamwork of the RI Department of Transportation, D’Ambra Construction, and the Agawam Hunt Club and the cooperation and patience of the neighborhood for making the early finish possible. RIDOT Deputy Director Philip Kydd particularly lauded the “accelerated construction” methods used by the contractor and RIDOT and the nearby country club’s donation of land for use by the contractor as key elements of …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The state transportation department will officially christen two projects in East Providence on Friday, including one that finished a year ahead of schedule.
Two ribbon-cutting ceremonies have been scheduled by the RI Department of Transportation in East Providence on Friday, Nov. 30. The newly renovated and expanded section of Waterfront Drive along the Seekonk River will be officially opened at 11:30 am. Officials will gather at the foot of Warren Avenue for the ceremony, according to RIDOT. Then at 2 pm, RIDOT and city officials will gather at Freedom Green Park on North Broadway at the intersection with Centre Street and Roger Williams Avenue. They will cut a ribbon to officially open the 10-Mile River Bridges Project. The bridges reopened on Nov. 16 about a year ahead of schedule. See the Patch story.
Monday, November 19, 2012
RIDOT postpones the closure of the bridge that carries Exit 4 traffic from Route 195 to Veterans Parkway until Saturday.
The closure of the Route 195 exit to Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence will now take place on Saturday, Nov. 24. The RI Department of Transportation announced last Friday, Nov. 16, that it postponed the closure of Exit 4 to the parkway about a week. National Grid must first activate a temporary traffic signal at the end of Exit 5 before it can close Exit 4 to the parkway, RIDOT said in a press release. The extension of an electrical connection to the temporary signal could not be completed on schedule, said RIDOT. Exit 5 is not a detour for the ramp being closed. But RIDOT said it expects more traffic on this exit and wanted to add the temporary traffic light to improve safety at the intersection with Warren Avenue. The bridge …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The North Broadway bridge at Roger Williams Avenue in East Providence reopened this morning; the original construction schedule called for closure until next November.
The North Broadway bridge at Roger Williams Avenue in East Providence opened this morning, Nov. 16, about a year ahead of the original construction schedule. Traffic resumed north and south after a crew from D’Ambra Construction finished up some work and removed construction barriers, said Bryant Lucier, a spokesman for the RI Department of Transportation. The $2.8 million project was a complete replacement of both the north and south spans of the Ten Mile Bridge, said Lucier. Originally, the construction timetable called for closure until November of 2013. “D'Ambra worked with the Agawam Hunt Club to get access to their property so they could work on both bridges at the same time,” said Lucier. Work began in January of this year. The …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Locals should not use the East Bay Bike Path starting Sunday night due to path maintenance. It will be reopened on Monday morning.
RIDOT is scheduled to conduct crack sealing operations on the East Bay Bike Path from 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, until 6 a.m. on Monday, May 7. The area to be sealed is from Riverside Square in East Providence to Thames Street in Bristol. Cyclists and other path users should avoid the bikeway during this important operation which will improve the riding surface and prevent further cracking, according to RIDOT. The schedule is weather-dependent and subject to change.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The primary seat belt law allows officers to fine motorists $85 for not buckling up at any time of the day.
Rhode Island police have a message for motorists: click your seat belt or face a $85 fine. Local law enforcement throughout the state will start heavily enforcing nighttime seat belt use. Violators will be fined $85 for each person in the vehicle who is not wearing a belt. According to DOT, 79 percent of vehicle fatalities in Rhode Island occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. In those crashes, nearly three-fourths of motorists were killed for not wearing their seatbelts. The campaign will be the second law enforcement effort conducted under the state's new primary seat belt law. Enacted last June, the statue allows police to fine drivers at any time for not buckling up. Under the prior law, drivers had to be pulled over for another offense …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Due to traffic concerns created by the 10 Mile Bridge detour, a new stop sign will be erected.
East Providence Council members agreed to install a new stop sign at the corner of Wilson and Bourne avenues on Tuesday night in city hall. The road has experienced an increase in traffic since the Ten Mile Bridge was shut down by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT). Jeffrey West, resident of 25 Wilson Ave., took the podium. He said the area did not need a third stop sign within a .7 mile radius. He said another stop sign might create traffic jams. Department of Public Works Director Steve Coutu said the stop signs could alleviate some of the traffic concerns after a resident said he was concerned for school children crossing the busy street. "It could help the situation," he said. Police Chief Joseph Tavares said he would …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Members from RIDOT and the East Providence Police Department met with about 25 residents Wednesday night to address concerns. Officers will direct traffic from 7 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
Police officers hired by Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be directing Wilson Avenue traffic during peak communter times, a relief to residents who endure jams caused by the Ten Mile River Bridge detour. According to Sgt. John Andrews, members from RIDOT and the East Providence Police Department met with about 25 residents Wednesday night to address concerns. Officers will direct traffic from 7 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. "[Officers] will relieve the traffic jam on Wilson Avenue every morning," he said, adding this is a temporary solution. "If an officer is there he can move the traffic better." RIDOT members also discussed potentially adding four-way stop signs, rerouting truck routes and lowering speed limits. Roger…
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The bridges will be closed for about two years starting Friday, Dec. 30.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will close the Ten Mile River Bridges by late afternoon on Friday, December 30. The bridges carry North Broadway over the Ten Mile River and over a nearby small stream in East Providence, according to a press release. The weight limit on the bridges was posted at three tons in July but the results of a recent inspection revealed deterioration significant enough to prompt RIDOT to close the spans, reads the release. RIDOT is in the process of awarding a contract for the rehabilitation of these bridges, and was set to close them in late winter for this work. The bridges will remain closed for approximately two years. "We regret the need to close these bridges ahead…