On Friday, November 30, 2012, Governor Lincoln Chafee will be joined by Senator Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse as they celebrate the completion of two Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) projects, Waterfront Drive and Ten Mile River Bridges. Also anticipated to attend the events are East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers and other State, Federal and local dignitaries.
The Waterfront Drive ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Waterfront Drive, off of Warren Avenue, in East Providence.
The Ten Mile River Bridges event will be held at 2 p.m. at Freedom Green Park, at the intersection of Centre Street and North Broadway, in East Providence.
RIDOT recently built 1.1 miles of new roadway on Waterfront Drive from Warren Avenue to Dexter Road. This new roadway has provided direct access to 285 acres of undeveloped and underdeveloped industrially zoned land. In addition, Waterfront Drive will support future business growth in the area, while also relieving the surrounding neighborhoods of unnecessary truck traffic.
The Ten Mile River Bridges, which carry North Broadway over the Ten Mile River and another small stream, were originally closed in December 2011 due to structural deterioration. RIDOT recently replaced the bridges and reopened them one year early on Friday, November 16.
Directions and parking:
Waterfront Drive: Take I-195 East to Exit 5 (Warren Avenue/Route 103 East). Take a right off of the exit. Take a left onto Warren Avenue. Take a right onto Waterfront Drive, park, and follow to the event.
Ten Mile River Bridges: Take I-195 East to Exit 4 and bear left onto Route 44 (Taunton Ave.). Just past East Providence City Hall, bear right onto Grosvenor Avenue and follow to Broadway. Turn left onto Broadway and stay left at the fork in the road to get on North Broadway. Follow for a little more than a mile and park at the Agawam Hunt Club on your right.
Contact: Heidi Gudmundson (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4009 Bryan Lucier (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4012