Whither Broadway?



The last time we posted something about the Broadway bike lanes, it looked as though the project was right around the corner. Fast forward 18 months, and still no bike lanes or sharrows. Wha’ happened?

City engineering, via city planning, explains it thusly:

When the project was bid the first time – the low bidder was not qualified/non-responsive. There was a few months of discussion between City DPW and legal and RIDOT on how to handle this. It was then decided to rebid which took additional time. The second bid resulted in award of the project in November of this year. At that point it is too cold to construct sidewalks – delaying paving until next spring. Overhead signal improvements should start later in the winter.

In other words, construction will begin one it’s warm enough to pour concrete. Assuming no more “issues” with the contractor, we’ll be enjoying a smooth new Broadway before 2011’s Bike to Work Day.


  • Dec 22, 2010 at 7:33 am

    The bike lanes providence builds are poorly built. Drains, sand, glass, no maintenance, and there is no bike box's. google bike box's, we need them in providence!!

  • Labann
    Dec 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…. after 7 years of promises, another year? The mayor is already on his way to Congress on empty promises.

    Maybe you should join up with Strong Towns Org:
    At least listen to and comprehend the circular reasoning that’s behind so much road development.

    And will they do Broadway right? A good solution would be a separate, two-way lane next to sidewalk inside the bounds of parking, on only South side of street.