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Media Advisory: Officials to host walking tour of Elmwood Avenue improvements

WHAT: Sen. Juan Pichardo, Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Michael P. Lewis and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority CEO Ray Studley will host a tour of the recent infrastructure and transit-related improvements along Elmwood Avenue in Providence. Governor Lincoln Chafee, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Representative David Cicilline will also join the tour.

WHEN: Monday, November 18, at 10:15 a.m.

WHERE: Participants will gather in the parking lot of RIPTA Executive Offices at 705 Elmwood Avenue. Weather permitting, the group will walk on the northbound side of the road from RIPTA to Lenox Avenue, returning on the southbound side. In the case of rain, participants will board a RIPTA bus and ride to Potters Avenue and back. There is limited space available on the bus; members of the media interested in attending should RSVP to Bryan Lucier at blucier@dot.ri.gov by 9 a.m. on Monday, November 18.

BACKGROUND: Through a $5.6 million contract with D'Ambra Construction, RIDOT is improving 2.1 miles of road along Elmwood Avenue, from Cadillac Drive to Trinity Square, and Broad Street, from Trinity Square to Service Road 7. The work, which began in July and is expected to be completed by October 2014, includes resurfacing, curbing and sidewalks, landscaping, drainage, and traffic signal improvements. This is the third of three improvement contracts along Elmwood Avenue. The first resurfaced a 1-mile section from Park Avenue to Cadillac Drive. The second was a 2.6-mile traffic signal improvement project from Hathaway Street to Trinity Square.

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Contact: Rose Amoros 401-222-1362 x4450

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Department or agency: Department of Transportation

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

Release date: 11-15-2013

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