State holds Kick-Off event for 6/10 Connector project

Gov. Raimondo at the 6/10 project kick-off event. Photo: RIDOT

RIDOT hosted a kick-off event for the 6/10 Connector project this morning. Press release from RIDOT:

Governor, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and Providence Officials Join RIDOT to Kick Off Long-Awaited 6-10 Interchange Project

Governor Gina Raimondo today joined with U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti to officially begin work on the 6-10 Interchange.

The 6-10 Interchange rebuild languished for 30 years. Today’s ceremony launched the $410 million project using a design-build approach that will save money and complete the project more quickly than anticipated. During the years of indecision and inaction on this vital highway link, its network of bridges deteriorated to the point where seven of nine bridges were classified as structurally deficient. Temporary supports were installed and millions of dollars spent in a series of repair projects necessary to keep the highway safe and open.

The project commencement ceremony was held at 1 Magnolia Street in Providence directly under the 6-10 Interchange. Other attendees included state senators and representatives, city council members, Federal Highway Administration officials, members of community groups, union representatives, and representatives of 6/10 Constructors, the design-build team composed of companies with deep Rhode Island and New England roots that will deliver the new 6-10 Interchange.

The contract to rebuild the 6-10 Interchange was awarded to joint venture group 6/10 Constructors based on the high score of their technical and financial proposals. The joint venture team led by Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. includes contractors O&G Industries, Inc., D.W. White Construction, Inc. and Aetna Bridge Company. The design team in the joint venture is led by AECOM with key design sub-consultants consisting of VHB, Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants, Inc., Crossman Engineering and McMahon Associates. The joint venture’s proposed cost for the design-build contract is $248 million.

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15-story ‘Edge College Hill Two’ proposed for Canal Street site

Massing model of proposed Edge College Hill Two. The first Edge College Hill building under construciton now is rendered to the left. DBVW Architects

While the 15-story Edge College Hill building is currently under construction on Canal Street, a proposal for a second 15-story building (Edge College Hill Two), will be heard by the Downtown Design Review Committee on Monday, January 8th.

Providence Business News reports on the proposal:

The application by Steeple Street RI LLC would place the Edge College Hill Two building at 131 Canal St., with frontage on Canal, Elizabeth and North Main streets, and wrapping around the historic Congdon & Carpenter building.

The development pursued by Vision Properties, of Conshohocken, Pa., would require development rights transferred from the adjoining historical building to reach the proposed height of 15 stories.


Michael Viveiros, a principal at the firm, said the building would feature one-bedroom and efficiency apartments, but with larger footprints than the micro-units to be offered in the first building.

The two new buildings would not be mirror images in design. “We’re making a design very specific to the neighborhood and addressing what is a changing scale [in Providence],” he said.

The first thing to note, the image at the top of the post is a massing model, not a rendering as PBN identified it in their story. There is an important difference.

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Providence Preservation Society opposes demolition of 4 buildings by Brown University

The Leonard M. Blodgett and the Edward J. Cushing Houses, photo from PPS

An update to the Brown Institutional Master Plan submitted to the Providence City Plan Commission calls for the demolition of 4 historic buildings on the College Hill for the construction of a Performance Arts Center. The Providence Preservation Society opposes the demolition of the buildings.

Press Release from PPS:

Update on Brown IMP Amendment at CPC

On December 19, 2017, the City Plan Commission (CPC) voted to continue the public hearing of the Brown Institutional Master Plan (IMP) amendment following a presentation by the university architect and comment by 20 community members. Those who spoke eloquently against the demolition of four historical buildings on Brown’s College Hill campus were a who’s who of local preservationists, historians, architects, and developers, and College Hill residents; many of them were Brown alumni, parents, and faculty in addition to two current environmental studies students. At least a dozen more people were there in support of the preservation of these College Hill resources.

The IMP amendment has two main components: the new wellness center and residence at 450 Brook Street and the new performing arts center (PAC). The plan for the PAC involves the demolition of four 19th century buildings on Waterman and Angell Streets, including the Lucien Sharpe Carriage House at 135 Angell Street, home to Brown’s renowned Urban Environmental Lab (UEL) for nearly 40 years. A feasibility study commissioned by Brown determined that one building on the proposed site could be relocated: Norwood House at 82 Waterman Street could be moved to 20 Olive Street, currently a Brown-owned parking lot. The Olive Street location falls within the College Hill local historic district; according to the Historic District Commission (HDC) guidelines, moving a historic structure into a local historic district is “discouraged except as a last alternative to demolition”.

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Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – January 17, 2018

Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
January 17, 2018, 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor, Providence, RI 02903


  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of December 2017 Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  3. Approval of 2018 Meeting Schedule (For Action)
  4. Update from Public Works staff on the Capital Improvement Program (For Discussion) — As part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program, the City of Providence Department of Public Works is in the process of quantitatively evaluating all streets and sidewalks throughout the city. This evaluation will serve as the basis of work planned for the 2018 construction season. Staff will update the Commission on the status of the evaluation and the outlook for work in the coming year.
  5. San Souci Drive Conceptual Review – Olneyville – Ward 15 (For Action) — The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development seeks comments from the BPAC regarding the Green Economy Bond funded project on San Souci Drive to create a bicycle and pedestrian path alongside the vehicular travel lane as part of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway. This will be a concept level review of the project. When advanced in the future, this project will come back to the BPAC for preliminary plan review.
  6. Huntington Avenue and Salvati Way Conceptual Review – West End – Ward 8 (For Action) — The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development seeks comments from the BPAC regarding a project on Huntington Avenue to create a bicycle and pedestrian path alongside the vehicular travel lanes. This will be a concept level review of the project. If advanced in the future, this project will come back to the BPAC for preliminary plan review.
  7. Announcements and Staff Updates (For Discussion)
  8. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

PBN: RIDOT awards $248M 6-10 Interchange rebuild contract to 6/10 Constructors

Video animation from RIDOT The group had the lowest construction cost bid for the project at $248 million and the highest scoring technical proposal of any bid. The 6/10 Constructor bid team includes New England companies, Barletta Heavy Division Inc., O&G Industries Inc., D.W. White Construction Inc. and Aetna Bridge Co. The proposal was a […]


Bike-Share coming to Providence in 2018

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ProJo: Long-awaited pedestrian bridge taking shape over Providence River

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City Walk Community Meeting – November 28, 2017

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – November 15, 2017

Rendering of Kendall Hotel Group’s proposal for Parcel 1A along the Providence River. I. Public Session Welcoming remarks by Chairperson Davis. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission meeting held on October 16, 2017. Executive Director’s Report. Update and discussion on the proposed development by Waldorf Capital Management on Parcel 30; Vote to consider a […]


Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – November 15, 2017

Agenda Roll Call Approval of October 2017 Meeting Minutes (For Action) “Dean Street/Pleasant Valley Parkway/Oakland Street Corridor Discussion” – Federal Hill, Smith Hill, Valley, Elmhurst – Wards 12 and 13 (For Discussion) — The City seeks comments from the BPAC regarding possible bicycle and pedestrian improvements to the corridor between Atwells Avenue and Eaton Street […]


Capital Center Commission Meeting – November 8, 2017

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