A Hard Blow for the George Redman Linear Park

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A Hard Blow for the George Redman Linear Park

RIDOT announced during the most recent Environmental Council meeting that, due to bugetary shortfalls, they are re-evaluating the George Redman Linear Park project.  How or what will happen to this project is still up in the air, but it’s clear from what we have learned that the project will not go forward in it’s entirity.

I’ve had a sinking feeling ever since RIDOT separated this project from the much larger I-195 portion of the project and I’m sorry to see my gut was right.  In the interim, RIDOT has agreed to open the Washington Bridge, in some form, to cyclists again this Fall.  Last I heard, it will be late November before the bridge opens again.

2 thoughts on - A Hard Blow for the George Redman Linear Park

  • Dennis
    Nov 12, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I'd like to say that this is hard to believe, but I can't. Is there any way to start holding people accountable? Is there a paper trail?

  • Geoff
    Nov 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I'd guess the paper trail is solidly anchored in the budget deficit.

    I was slightly optimistic that question 1 on the ballot would cover funding for the new "linear park"

    That said. I don't really want a linear park. I want a bike path across the river. Put the old sidewalk back in working order. Widen it if ya can. Or not. I don't really care. But putting it back at least the way it was would be at least a good step back to where we were when they closed the bridge.

    I'm not so worried about a step forward like the linear park. I just hate to see these backward steps…

    thanks for the update mark…