RIDOT Opens Another Segment of Blackstone Bikepath



RIDOT Opens Another Segment of Blackstone Bikepath

According to a press release on the RIDOT website, another section of segment of the Blackstone Bikeway was completed this past Monday:

This section, approximately 2,000 feet long, is on the northern end of the path in Woonsocket.

While short, this new segment is vital in that it connects the former northern end of the path at the Woonsocket Water Treatment Plant on Manville Road (Route 126) to a 1-mile path segment through the River’s Edge Recreational Complex, a new park built by the City of Woonsocket. RIDOT provided funding for the bike path through the River’s Edge park.

The path is now 11.6 continuous miles in length, from Valley Falls Heritage Park near Cumberland Town Hall on Broad Street (Route 114) to the northern end of the River’s Edge park at Davison Avenue in Woonsocket.

This was completed just in time for cyclists to use for Bike-to-Work Day.


  • May 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Strange that they should announce this now, as this segment was actually completed last fall. I was wondering why they didn't announce it then. Perhaps they were waiting for a lull in press release frequency?

  • May 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    … or perhaps they new they would catch the interest of people like me who don't follow all the bikeways that closely and figured this was actually something NEW!

  • Alan Barta
    May 7, 2009 at 8:23 am

    … or to deflect criticism for the fact the the 2 mile WSBP to Coventry Greenway segment (already decked and graded) has been in limbo for 8 (that's right, eight) years. How long??? EIGHT YEARS!!!

    RIDOT's intermodal chief, who's supposed to push, is well aware of this situation. I rode with him last Summer on the alternative, RI-117, which is downright dangerous in spots. In my mind, it's either one or the other: Finish the bikeway from Quidnick to Hill Farm Road (<$100,000 left in asphalt, engineering done), or remove extra travel lanes from Flat River Road where it parallels and stripe them for bikes. I've nearly been nailed several times entering Whitford St in Quidnick where is now ends, as well as intersection at Fairview, Station, Knotty Oak and Sandy Lane. Lately, too, Whitford is strewn with erosion.

    I used to regularly complain about such things, and some small token would be taken. You'd think, as it's the same thing over and over by season, someone would keep records and routinely address. No. If you don't complain publicly, they do nothing, figure nobody cares, why spend money? Meanwhile, somebody you're already paying a salary is drinking coffee and dunking a donut or worse. They could fire somebody and hire 20 eager, minimum wage teens desperate for jobs, who'd be glad to get things done, plant greenery, repair rail fences, shovel and sweep. But somebody's politician brother-in-law might not like it.

    There's just no excuse anymore. Finish what you start.

    I salute the Blackstone Bikeway, in my mind the state's best, certainly a doable alternative commute in hilly Lincoln. It just last Summer that they finally reopened the Martin Street Bridge and entire bikeway after a year of emailing everyone including the press, making a nuisance of myself, and screaming bloody murder. Don't let them do it to you.

  • Bill DeSantis
    May 26, 2009 at 5:11 am

    construction of the pavement surface, fence and grading were completed in the fall 2008. the segment was not "officially opened until this spring topsoil and seeding, signs and pavement markings were installed. for liability reasons the official annoncement was held back until that work was done.

    we find that people use these paths before the construction is finished so we try to have specs in the contract that require the contractor to complete certain items (in this the railings, fencing and RR signals before or right after the paving.