Stimulus to Include Money for EBBP



Stimulus to Include Money for EBBP

I happened to be reading an article about a Barrington Bridge repair that won’t be covered under the recent stimulus package when I noticed:

Mr. Farhoumand said there are two other projects of local interest that will receive federal stimulus money — the hazard elimination project for Route 114 from I-195 in East Providence to Massasoit Avenue in Barrington, and a series of repairs to the East Bay Bike Path bridges. The Route 114 project carries an estimated cost of $3 million, while the bike path work will cost about $500,000.

I assume they are talking about the two wooden bridges which currently have old road signs screwed down to cover gaping holes in them.


  • Barry
    Feb 18, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Mark, thanks for posting this, especially as I saw no reference to any new stimulus money for the East Bay path repairs in a proposed amendment to the TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) drafted by RIDOT that indeed goes to public hearing Thurs Feb 26 at 6:30pm at RIPTA headquarters on Melrose St (off Elmwood) The current TIP plan calls for $1 million in EBBP repairs in 2011 and another million in the "future" and the amendment I got makes no change in that but adds a $5 million bridge replacement in the future (after 2012)

    As part of a $160 million or so stimulus package for RIDOT, what the proposed amendment I got does says about the bike program includes

    adding $30 million to the TIP in 2009 for the Redman linear park on rthe Washington Bridge. This is teh big one for us, and is found under the "major projects" section.

    adding $30,000 for a state bike map;

    adding $60,000 for landscaping in the northern part of the Blackstone Bikeway;

    deleting $10,000 foir statewide bike route signing and $2 million for sidewalks in 2009 (but keeping those levels 2010, 2011, 2012;

    None of the other bike projects deferred for the future are moved up, this includes the northern and southern end of the Blackstone, bike access to the new jamestown bridge (though demolition of the trestle is moved sooner), East Greenwich-Warwick bike projects, Tiverton, Jamestown, Northwest, or Pontiac Branch paths, the last four of which are only under "study and development."

    More info on the hearing or the proposal is available on the Statewide Planning website, or reply to me at

  • Alan Barta
    Feb 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Ugh… $30 million MORE for Geo Redman??? Original estimate was only 15, and it looks almost done. The reason for using the span was to SAVE cost. TAC ought to be investigating these endless overruns. Who's getting all the extra money? They COULD have fixed the historic Bold Point bridge for 1/100 this project cost. Big projects stink big, when a lot of small projects would serve bicyclists better.

  • Feb 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I do approve of the $30K for PRINTED bike maps. How many cyclists carry around a laptop to view that FREE map on-line? To print it out one by one at high enough resolution costs ~$25 each; in quantities they only cost about a buck each. But I was told that the NBW already underwrote a printing. What? Did that funding disappear, too?