Warren Bike Path Hits Archeology Delay



Warren Bike Path Hits Archeology Delay

From an EastBayRI.com article:

The long-studied Warren Bike Path will be delayed yet again, as a review of the proposed site by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has triggered a request for an archaeological study by the Narragansett Indians.

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The survey was recommended to the town in a March 3 letter. Because of the survey, about four to six weeks will be added to the bike path’s completion time. This will allow the town’s engineering firm, the PARE Corporation, to request a survey from the Public Archaeological Laboratory and to complete the survey.

The $2.5 million project was most recently pitched and planned after a re-design by PARE in April 2006. The first idea for a trail came in 1987, with the idea morphing into a bike path in the 1990s. However, the state’s engineering firm went bankrupt, which required Warren to hire PARE to complete the work. The path would stretch 4,500 feet, from the Warren-Fall River railroad bed near Long Lane to the end of the Kickemuit River.

1 Comment

  • Bruce
    Mar 6, 2008 at 4:39 am

    The Narragansetts are an interesting tribe. Despite their recent contentious, tumultuous and at times embarrassing history the Narragansetts are a historically very important tribe.

    Many words that have found their way into the American English lexicon, and unfortunately western films, are of Narragansett and Wampanoag origin. Papoose, pow-wow, wampum and the RI favorite quahog are all native Wampanoag words.

    RI and Roger Williams certainly owe a lot to the Narragansetts.

    What Cheer!