Public Hearing – East Providence Wastewater Facility Upgrades



Public Hearing – East Providence Wastewater Facility Upgrades

East Providence Seal - Source: just received notification from the City of East Providence of a public hearing tomorrow (January 20th) @ 7pm, to:

present the City of East Providence’s proposed wastewater improvement project to eliminate sewage overflows.  The project involves the installation of a new sewer force main pipe along the East Bay Bike Path…

You can read the full announcement.  If approved by the State, the schedule for work would have construction over the winter months of 2011 and 2012.   If you live in East Providence and can represent the cycling community at this meeting, we would love to hear your thoughts about the project.


  • Bruce
    Jan 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Not a lot of info here. Nor did they give much notification.

    I should be able to make the meeting.


  • Jan 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Bruce, if you can make it that would be awesome. I told them I would be sending a letter on behalf of the coalition. My big concern is that they realize people will still be using the path, even in the winter months. In fact, many people who commute during the nice weather and avoid the path, turn to the path in the winter, so it's possible there may actually be more commuters in the winter than in the summer. If you do attend, please let us know what you learn.

  • Bruce
    Jan 21, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I went to the meeting at EP city hall last night regarding the East Bay Bike Path closure. The bike path from Watchemoket Cove to Riverside Square will closed to all use from November 2011 through April 2012.

    The City of East Providence will be installing a new sewer line under the bike path in this area. There will be no access to the path in the affected area.

    The plans include upgrading the pavement on the path in the affected area and shoring up the retaining walls near the Squantum Association. There will also be reseeding of the grass areas and installation of benches and signage.

    This plan for the sewer line is a revision of the original plan that would have brought the line up Veterans’ Parkway at the Watchemoket pumping station to Pawtucket Avenue into Riverside. The plan was amended to use the bike path route to minimize impact on traffic on Pawtucket Ave. The bike path route is also projected to save the city 3 million dollars.

    The company doing the engineering and construction is AECOM

    The public works director for EP is Steve Coutu


  • barry
    Jan 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Bruce, thanks for posting a report on this.

    I wonder if the sewer line will follow the abandoned rr right of way north to the Bold Point Park area, if so, perhaps its an opportunity to have the bike path extended north to the Bold Point area instead of going up alongside Veterans Parkway, with the intent of continuing along the EP waterfront as it is redevloped.

  • John Nery
    Jan 24, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Hi Bruce,

    I bet many feel as I do. Tearing up the EBBP has become almost routine during
    the off season. This time half the path will be closed for 6 or 7 months.

    In the past there has been no detour signs setup to instruct cyclist on how to
    get around the closed sections. Also days go by with sections marked closed
    when in fact there is little or no work going on and the section is perfectly

    As was the case when water mains were brought through the towns and cities saved
    a lot of money. This is a good thing. However I am glad to see someone like
    you is showing up to meeting to be sure cyclist and walker interests are
    considered in the planning.

    If you feel there is an advantage to having others stand along side you at these
    meeting I would be happy to show up for support any time I can.

    Thank you so much

    John Nery

  • Bruce
    Jan 24, 2011 at 5:49 am


    The line will be running from the pumping station at Watchemoket Cove. At the bottom of the hill on Vet's Pkw. There is no plan to extend the path.


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