Washington Bridge update

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Washington Bridge update

The rumors are true, RIDOT will soon be re-opening the narrow Washington Bridge sidewalk connecting India Point Park and East Providence.

Late this month or early in January, the fences will be removed and bike commuters will no longer be forced to use the Henderson Bridge to cross the Seekonk River.  This is a temporary reopening, and access will be closed again once construction of the George Redman Linear Park is imminent.

Speaking of the Linear Park: there is currently some $15 million in place, but the project as currently designed would now cost $33 million to construct. To get this project back on track, RIDOT will be conducting a “value engineering” study in January or February of 2009, to examine how the design might be altered in order to bring the cost down, making it more feasible given current funding realities, while not diminishing the central utility of the project as a transportation route for bikes and pedestrians. More on that will be posted here when the information is available.

3 thoughts on - Washington Bridge update

  • Reply Dec 15, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    That's great news about the bridge re-opening! This combined with the new India Point Park foot-bridge will really help link some key areas.

  • Reply Dec 16, 2008 at 5:05 am

    33 million!!! An outrage!

    Had they proceeded with the reconstruction of the Bold Point / India Park RR bridge – directly in line with EBBP – it would have easily been below 1 million. Instead, you have to climb and descend 3 stories to Geo Washington Bridge level.

    Their excuse was to RETAIN the "historic" span and SAVE cost in demolition. Obviously, that's a lot of malarky on both accounts, since it's not historic and demolition would have only been a few million. In fact, the stone could have been used to build an adjacent marina. It's a spectacular failure of RIDOT policy. Yet fearful voters awarded them a new referendum upon the threat of collapsing bridges statewide.

  • margherita pryor
    Reply Dec 16, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Has there been discussion on adding this project as a priority for the stimulus funding? It would go a long way to demonstrate that RI is finally learning to value alternative transportation and the engineering has already been done!

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