Eight New RIDOT Projects



Eight New RIDOT Projects

An article in today’s Projo lists eight new projects RIDOT announced will be funded with Federal stimulus money.  From an advocacy point of view, I think it’s important for our group to stay on top of lists like these, review areas RIDOT is working in, and see if there are any infrastructure improvements that can be made to help cyclists.  Below you find the list of projects.  If you happen to live in one of these areas or your daily commute takes you by one of these areas and you can suggest specific improvements RIDOT could work on during their construction, please let us know!  We can then lean on RIDOT to include improvements for cyclists while other work is being done.

• Foster: Rehabilitation and resurfacing of Moosup Valley Road from 0.9 miles west of Route 14/Plainfield Pike to Cucumber Hill Road (1.4 miles, $800,000).

Rehabilitation and resurfacing of Route 14/Route 102 from Briggs Road to Old Plainfield Pike (1.2 miles, $800,000).

• Glocester: Replacement of the Chestnut Hill Road Bridge, which carries Chestnut Hill Road over the spillway that flows from the Sayles and Smith Reservoir to the Chepachet River. The project includes construction of a replacement spillway structure and wetlands restoration ($1.5 million).

• South Kingstown:  Repair work to the roof at the historic Kingston Station, located in the village of West Kingston. ($300,000).

• Statewide drainage improvements: Various drainage improvements in the following communities: East Greenwich (First Avenue at Division Street), Providence (North Main Street), Scituate (Danielson Pike) and Tiverton (East Road and Crandall Road) ($300,000).

• Warren: Installation of new curbing, sidewalks, minor drainage improvements and street tree preservation and replacement on Main Street (Route 114) from Cherry Street to 160 feet south of Beach Street (0.3 miles, $700,000).

• Westerly: Resurfacing of Route 91/Westerly Bradford Road/Bradford Road, including curbing, sidewalks, guardrail, minor drainage improvements from Westerly Maintenance Facility to Bradford Railroad Bridge/800 feet north of Church Street (3.8 miles, $3 million).

• Woonsocket, Cumberland and Lincoln: Resurfacing of Route 99/Woonsocket Industrial Highway, including curb replacement, minor drainage rehabilitation, new signs and structures, guardrail replacement and minor bridge work from Route 146 to Route 122/Mendon Road (3.75 miles, $5 million).


  • Bruce Masterson
    Jan 27, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Gah! What about the dangerous disaster in EP? The stretch of Broadway from Masasoit to The bridge at Roger Williams is terrible.

    It is unsafe for bikes, has to be bad for car wheels and the bridge is down to 1.5 lanes wide. This is a busy route for almost everybody coming out of Rumford, bike commuters from Seekonk, Attleboro and EP, as well as City dwellers trying to get to the country for a bike ride.

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 6:06 am

    You mean the section of road that looks like it is used as for practice bomb runs?

    Is this section of Broadway a State road? I have a feeling that the State doesn't pick it up until the intersection with Pawtucket Ave. and to the North. It could be that this is EPs problem.

  • Labann
    Jan 27, 2010 at 7:51 am

    This list skips the $575,000 federal grant RIDOT is administrating for the landscaping on Woonsocket end of Blackstone Bikeway.

    Frankly, I'm not a fan of spending lots of money on landscaping, unless its to remove dead limbs likely to fall across bikeways. I'd rather they spend it on laying asphalt between Quidnick and Hill Farm Road on WSBP in Coventry, or elsewhere on bikeways.

    But list does fix outlying roads where bicyclists also ride. I'm willing to bet these several drainage "improvements" will further impede and restrict cycling. Agreed, more work is needed in crowded metro areas.

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Frankly, I’m not a fan of spending lots of money on landscaping, unless its to remove dead limbs likely to fall across bikeways.

    I agree! I saw the same $575K earmarked for landscaping and thought about all the treacherous places to ride around the State and just shook my head. Some day we will crack the RIDOT nut and be able to offer them some better options when they see a pot of money and need to spend it on bicycle infrastructure.

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    There was a correction made to the Projo article. I've updated the main post, but for those following these comments:

    Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated how federal stimulus funds will be used at the historic Kingston Station. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says those funds will be used to repair the roof. The station tower project will be funded under RIDOT’s normal program funds for 2010.