PROVIDENCE — The city’s planning department has veered away from the type of highway removal project it once championed as a way forward for the 6-10 Connector. It’s now proposing a limited-access “parkway,” dressed up with eye-catching automobile infrastructure, a handful of new over and underpasses that connect neighborhoods divided by the highway, and improved pedestrian and bike infrastructure in the surrounding neighborhoods.
PROVIDENCE — At a city-organized forum in March, Peter Alviti, director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, announced his agency would consider a “hybrid” approach to reconstructing the increasingly dilapidated 6-10 Connector. Alviti admitted he was not on board with the highway-to-boulevard idea advocates he spoke alongside with that night, but said his agency recognized the city's concerns.
PROVIDENCE — The city’s department of Planning + Development heard a resounding message from the hundred or so members of the public who attended its recent listening session on the future of the 6-10 Connector: Attendees demanded that the 1.3-mile stretch of highway between Olneyville and downtown be reconstructed in a way that connects communities divided by the highway and accommodates pedestrians, bicycles, cars and buses, while avoiding the gentrification of the abutting neighborhoods.
PROVIDENCE — The city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) is adjusting to a greater workload. In May, Mayor Jorge Elorza signed an executive order requiring that all significant street and sidewalk repair or construction projects go before the commission for review during conception and design phases.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is developing a bus-stop design guide for use by the agency, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and municipalities. The guide will be referenced when roads with bus routes are repaved or reconstructed. It aims to make bus stops more accessible, safer, more informative and more consistent across the state.
PROVIDENCE — “No one in the city sees this as city versus suburbs; neighborhoods, city, state and region can and will benefit from this investment." That’s according to Bonnie Nickerson, the city's director of planning and development, speaking about the reconstruction of the 6-10 Connector.
PROVIDENCE — A new bus fare set to be passed by the General Assembly is a serious blow to disabled and senior riders, according to the bus advocacy group RIPTA Riders Alliance. Public transportation advocates says instituting a fee for what once was free will keep disadvantaged riders stuck in their homes.
In early April, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation held a series of public meetings about the proposed reconstruction of the 6-10 Connector in Johnston, Warwick, Providence and Cranston. The meetings were announced April 5 and held April 7, 11, 12 and 13, just prior to an April 14 deadline to submit an application for a U.S. Department of Transportation grant.
PROVIDENCE — Advocates for low-income bus riders are trying to put a stop to a 50-cent bus fare before it takes effect July 1. Some 13,000 seniors and people with disabilities are expected to be assessed the fee, ending a free-pass program.
PROVIDENCE — About 20 miles of on-road bicycle lanes, shared-lane markings, bike boxes, bike signal loops and other bicycle infrastructure are coming to the city, but don’t put your Spandex shorts on just yet, as design and construction won’t begin for seven years.
PROVIDENCE — In mid-April the Rhode Island Department of Transportation submitted a FASTLANE grant application requesting $175 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funding for the reconstruction of the deteriorating 6-10 Connector. The application detailed RIDOT’s preferred design, a capped highway, similar to Boston’s Big Dig.
There was good and bad news for advocates of reconstructing the 6-10 Connector as a multimodal boulevard during the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s recent round of public meetings.
PROVIDENCE — There was a difference of opinion at a recent public meeting about the reconstruction of the dilapidated 6-10 Connector. Three national experts with highway-removal experience recommended prioritizing pedestrian mobility and local car trips. Rhode Island Department of Transportation director Peter Alviti expressed a commitment to accommodating local and regional trips on more equal footing.
PROVIDENCE — The Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission’s March meeting was dedicated to gathering public input about the city’s bike infrastructure needs. Residents recommended specific streets in need of facilities, as well as general infrastructure design preferences.