Wash Out on EBBP



For those traveling the EBBP in Riverside.  It’s located between the Lincoln Ave. and Crescent View Ave crossings, right near where Sherman Street dead ends at the bike path with Bell Ave.  This picture is from early July when I first alerted RIDOT of the hazard.  Since then, they appear to have made some attempts to shore up the area and fill it in with gravel, however when I rode by yesterday the section had eroded all the way to the dashed yellow lane marker.

There is a “solid” wall of construction cones and barrels around the current sink hole, but there is no telling how compromised the area is under the existing path.  Please be very careful riding this section, especially if you are part of a group.

We’ve contacted RIDOT to find out what the current status is and long term plans are for fixing this issue before it engulfs the entire bike path.  Once we hear what is happening, we will update everyone.


  • Mark Dieterich
    Sep 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Received word from RIDOT today, that DEM has been attempting the mitigation up to this point. Every effort they have made, has been washed away by the next big rain. The issue has now been escalated to RIDOT, who should have the engineering expertise to correct and prevent future erosion.

  • Labann
    Sep 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Erosion control only needs a few bales of straw. All bikeways have issues with gravel and sand, but is mostly avoidable as is undercutting pavement like this.

    If DPW's and/or Park's Dept's who maintain paths feel too strapped to do the job, they need only ask and a throng of volunteers can be raised to pitch in. But I don't know why that should be considering the general overall state of city and town parks, which is reasonably good. A bikeway is just a linear park, after all.

  • MattMoritz
    Sep 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    This isn't just erosion control. I rode on this yesterday, and it looks to me as though drainage was installed under the repaved section of the path after the last round of sewage work south of Riverside square that washed away due to a lack of any sort of water channelization under the path. On the eroded side of the path there are clearly several pieces of 4×4 stacked and arranged as though they were intended to provide an outlet for water running under the path, but in the half of a path that is now missing, there was no sign of any other water channeling or pipes.

  • Mark Dieterich
    Sep 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    DPW actually took a few shots at this. Their last attempt included putting a wall of 2×6" beams, backed by stone. This is not a simple issue that can be simply solved with some hay bales. I'm glad to see that RIDOT has stepped up and is offering their expertise to help DPW get this under control.

  • Labann
    Sep 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Another tempest in a teapot. Did you see the 5 ton truck in Fall River yesterday with its front wheel imbedded in a sink hole? Water is among the most powerful forces on Earth, both benevolent and malevolent, more deserving of respect than people give it. DOT's have to anticipate more freakish storms with global climate change. They've only just repaired the small bridge on Summer Street along a usual cyclists' route in Rehoboth after Hurricane Irene undercut roadbed, but there still is no dog control, particularly adjacent property.

    The undercut on WSBP at Burnham overpass was far more dangerous. Unwary riders could fall headlone 20' down into intersecting traffic, but none did, at least to my knowledge. Don't rightly know if they've fixed it yet, but suspect not considering all the cracks still left elsewhere from Irene damage. If we happen to have a number of freezes, WSBP surface will soon be a mess.

  • Dante
    Sep 9, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I went by yesterday and it was repaired. There are now large rocks on the hill where the water drains.