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Pedestrian Safety Improvements Beginning on North/South Main Streets in Providence

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it will soon begin work on its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and resurfacing improvements to South Main Street and North Main Street, from Smith Street to James Street, in Providence. Following preliminary construction activities last fall, work is scheduled to start on Monday, April 4.

Through an $11.1 million project with a budget contingency of $900,000, the project is designed to improve pedestrian safety in this highly traveled vehicular and pedestrian corridor. In addition to resurfacing just under a mile of South Main Street and North Main Street, the project includes bringing the existing sidewalks and handicap ramps into ADA compliance, improving crosswalks, adding bump outs at non-signalized intersections, new signing and striping, traffic signal system upgrades, and fiber optic cable installation. The completion date is currently set for Summer 2018.

RIDOT consulted with the City of Providence on scheduling to ensure the least impact to area residents and businesses. Some of the first activities that will be undertaken include installation of the fiber optic conduit for future telecom infrastructure improvements, followed by sidewalk replacement. During construction, motorists and pedestrians may experience parking restrictions, temporary sidewalk closures, and lane and shoulder closures.

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Contact: Charles St. Martin (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4007

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  • Release date: 03-31-2016

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