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Media Advisory UPDATE: Temporary Closure of Blackstone River Bikeway Near Boardwalk Now Thursday and Friday

Due to anticipated inclement weather through Wednesday, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will temporarily close a section of the Blackstone River Bikeway on Thursday and Friday of this week. RIDOT will be working on a boardwalk in the Lonsdale Marsh, just south of where the path intersects Route 123 (John Street) in Cumberland.

WHAT: RIDOT is closing a section of the Blackstone River Bikeway in Cumberland, between Route 123 (John Street) and Jones Street in order to stain the boardwalk deck. The boardwalk opened in April 2008 and is one of the signature features of the bikeway, which stretches 11.6 miles from Valley Falls Heritage Park in Cumberland to River's Edge Park in Woonsocket.

WHEN: NEW CLOSURE DATES: Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2013.

WHERE: Blackstone River Bikeway, between Route 123 (John Street) and Jones Street in Cumberland.

DETOUR: Cyclists can follow Route 123 to Broad Street, but should exercise caution given narrow shoulders and on-street parking. Sidewalks are available along the route toward Valley Falls. Families and inexperienced riders on the bikeway should consider ending their ride at the Lonsdale parking lot and reversing direction.

VISUALS: A map of the area can be found on RIDOT's website at www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri.

For more information, visit www.dot.ri.gov, RIDOT's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RIDOTNews or subscribe to our Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/RIDOTNews.

Contact: Rose Amoros (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450

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Department or agency: Department of Transportation

Online: http://www.dot.ri.gov

Release date: 05-28-2013

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