The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has begun work on the next off-road segment of the Blackstone River Bikeway, connecting to the India Point Park area in the City of Providence, and providing the missing link to the East Bay Bike Path. This 7/10 of a mile segment connects the existing on-road segment from Pitman Street/River Road to the Gano Street/Trenton Street area, following the Seekonk River waterfront through Gano Park.
"We are committed to building a good, solid bicycle network in the State of Rhode Island," said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. "This project helps bring the Blackstone River Bikeway further into the City of Providence, connecting to the East Bay Path and other bicycle facilities within the City's growing network."
Through a $2.5 million project, which includes a $1.2 million construction contract and a budget contingency of $100,000, RIDOT will construct an off-the-road path by clearing, grading, paving, striping, and adding some railing and limited landscaping. Project completion is slated for Summer 2017. The Blackstone River Bikeway, the state's third-longest bike path, currently stretches for 15.5 miles through the communities of Woonsocket, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket and Providence. Another 6 miles of this path is currently under design.
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Contact: Lisbeth Pettengill (401) 222-1362, Ext. 4450