Detour Signs Coming



detourA quick update from James Toomey of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council on the status of the Washington Bridge detour signs:

The authorization letters from the affected cities and RIDOT have all been granted.  The signs have been ordered and right now I’m just waiting on a date for installation.

Hopefully this means the signs will be in place as the weather gets nicer and more people take to the road with their bikes.

I’ve been told that the Narragansett Bay Wheelman grant program funded the purchase of the signs, thanks NBW!  For those that aren’t aware, the NBW grant program quietly funds a lot of good projects around the state in support of cycling.


  • Labann
    Apr 11, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Hurrah. I remember when NBW was paying its officers salaries on the sly. Good to hear they've turned that around. They did help fund the Guide to Cycling in the Ocean State free official map, upon which I consulted.

    Well, the signs will be up just in time to take them down. Demolition on the GeoWash Bike Path now appears complete, so is finish paving and opening dedication far off? Too bad they couldn't have hurried it along for George Redman to witness in person rather in spirit.

    • Mark Dieterich
      Apr 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thanks for reminding me about the State Bicycle Map, the last printing was the result from a HUGE NBW donation.

      There is still an entire year of bridge closure and the BVTC will now have some signs that can be used for any future closure in the state. James has worked with RIDOT, Providence, and East Providence to get permission to post these signs. It's taken longer than anyone had hoped, but it will still be worth it. People riding to and from the bike path will have a marked detour for a year, I think it's worth the effort.

  • Labann
    Apr 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Mark, I requested detour signs when they asked for public input before deciding on George Redman Bridge. You'd think as a matter of safety they would have included at the beginning of project, not near the conclusion. Then, again, also suggested they spend a small fraction instead by reconstructing the Bold Point to India Point RR Bridge for bike-ped, which once was directly in line with corridor now occupied by EBBP. Cyclists don't particularly care for climbing, which is what you have to do to get to GeoWash level.

    Bridges are kept poorly in RI. Of the 375 or so throughout state, most need repairs, 250 are weight restricted because of it, and 75 or so are indefinitely closed. Only a handful address bike-ped needs (ones along bikeways, that one across RI-6 at Merino Park). There should be an statewide mandate for co-facilities, as exemplified by the new Brightman Bridge in Fall River, or Gold Star Bridge in New London, both of which separately parallel high speed turnpikes.

    • Mark Dieterich
      Apr 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      You'd think as a matter of roadway continuity they would have included at the beginning of project, not near the conclusion.

      I totally agree that these signs should have gone up day one, but they didn't. However, the project is far from over, with at least a year before it will be open again. I for one think any time we have the signs is great!

  • Labann
    Apr 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Yet there's no shortage of Bike Path Closed or neighborhood network signs that divert bike traffic into dead ends. I'm just commenting on the mentality: gloat over inconvenience (yes), but helpful assistance (huh!). Bicyclists are not singled out. On I-95 new programmable signs electronically and proudly proclaim "15 minutes to state border" at points where it's too late to detour around really "45 minutes to border" through typical snarl. They ought to say "Seek Alternate Route" down below fork to I-295. Then again, had they some limited access highway connecting Rt-24 to RI-138, a lot of drivers passing through to SE MA would avoid Providence altogether. This bad planning impacts cyclists the most.