Critical public hearing: street design



Critical public hearing: street design

RIDOT and PVD city planning have scheduled the follow-up meeting for street designs emerging from the teardown of “old” I-195.  Changes to the earlier design (based on earlier public feedback) will be presented, including new alternatives for the Wickenden/Point/Benefit/South Main/South Water clusterf#*k interchange.  Your participation is crucial to ensuring livable streets in Fox Point and the Jewelry District!

Monday, Feb 1, 6-8 pm, at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School Community Room (that’s the Bath House to you that have been living here for a while), 455 Wickenden Street.

Here’s a flier, courtesy of PVD Planning & Development, that you can forward around, stick on your fridge, pin to your office bulletin board, etc.  (Right-click image to open separately or save to your computer.) See you there!
Follow UpStreet Design Meeting 2-1-10


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  • Dennis
    Jan 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Is there any other info that would be helpful for those attending this meeting? Anything specif that we want brought out?

  • Jan 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Dennis, thanks for asking. We don't have a preconceived strategy here – we just want as many cyclists' eyes on the alternate plans, making comments, and calling for the best possible streetscapes for Fox Point and the Jewelry District. Hope to see you there!

  • Feb 2, 2010 at 5:41 am

    An article on ABC6 about last nights meeting. I'm sure someone from our group will post a followup with their impressions of the meeting.

  • jack madden
    Feb 2, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Here is the follow up email I received from Melanie of Providence Planning:

    Hi Everyone,

    Thank you to everyone who came out to the meeting on the IWay local street design last night. For those of you who couldn’t make it or who didn’t have a chance to provide comments on what was presented, the plans and alternatives presented will be posted shortly on the RIDOT website. Comment on the plans presented and alternative preferences will be accepted until the close of business on Tuesday February 16, 2010. Please direct your comments to me or to Lambri Zerva at

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me or Lambri.



    Three options were presented last night. The concensus was for option two. Notice that a spur from the EBBP will come down George M. Cohen to the intersection at the shell station. I am encouraged that they did their best to route these cyclists – who often will not be comfortable in traffic – and pedestrians by crosswalks towards the river and still provide bike lanes along wickenden/point st. for through users.

    I think we should be vigilant of how they control speeds coming off of the highway into that intensely pedestrian neighborhood. I don't see why they don't just rebuild the off ramp as is to fly over that intersection onto South Main Street. I guess they are planning parking lanes on the approach to Wickenden (for who to use I don't know) which will offer some narrowing and friction. Red light cameras might have a prudent application here. The rest is signals and traffic control. Seems like it will be a mess, but that's not our issue.