Blackstone Valley Bike Path to Expand in 2012



Blackstone Valley Bike Path to Expand in 2012

According to a Projo article,

Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray on Friday announced the allocation of $15 million for construction of the first Massachusetts segment of the planned Blackstone Valley Bike Path connecting Providence and Worcester.

The first 2.5 miles of the path, which would total 48 miles, would include 11 bridges and would run from Millville, Mass. to the Rhode Island border, Murray said in a news release.

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring of 2012. Portions of the path have already been built in Rhode Island.

This is great news for anyone who will eventually want to travel between Providence and Worchester.  It’s about time MA gets on the ball and starts work on their section of the path, RIDOT has done a good job getting the RI portion well on it’s way to completion.  Of course, it sounds like we won’t actually see any progress until mid-summer/fall of 2012.

3 thoughts on - Blackstone Valley Bike Path to Expand in 2012

  • Eric
    Reply Oct 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Unfortunately, Massachusetts hasn't yet committed to building the rest of the path extending from Uxbridge to Worcester (though 2.5 miles are complete on the Millbury/Worcester line). A groundswell of public support would go a long way toward showing MA state leaders that the people are behind this worthy project. The Blackstone will be the subject of a forum from 9 to 10 am on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the New England Bike-Walk Summit.

  • barry
    Reply Oct 1, 2010 at 11:21 am

    And RI has an issue with funding the portion from Woonsocket to the state line on our side. I would think this would be more of a priority if it actually connected to something in MA.

  • Labann
    Reply Oct 2, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Having ridden to WORCESTER (learn to spell it) this year, there's nothing to stop anyone from riding on existing roads. I used Rt 7… it's pretty hilly, though.

    But you can hardly ride from Central Falls to Fort Hill or Parkade. Priorities straight? Where are bike paths through Providence? RIDOT spent $680 million on 2 miles of unnecessary I-Way but where's the analogous bikeways?

    Highways and railroads are the enemies of self propellers; they bully not only surface but SKY above them. AMTRAK owns bridges above tracks, and seeks to eliminate as many as possible to save costs. If you allow such monolithic impediments, you're going to do is make bicycling impossible.

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