Local Residents, Council Member Make Illogical Connection Between Exits and Bike Infrastructure

PROVIDENCE — Removing the Plainfield Street on-ramp to Route 6 East, and indirectly Route 10 North and South, was touted as a victory for the Olneyville and Silver Lake neighborhoods, when the city’s Department of Planning and Development announced a compromise design for the 6-10 Connector with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

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City and State Debate 6-10 Connector Design

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.

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Governor, RIDOT Flip-Flop on 6-10 Connector

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.

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