Download RIDOT’s proposal for the reconstruction of the 6/10 Connector
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April 20, 2016, 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor, Providence, RI 02903
- Roll Call
- Impact of Executive Order on BPAC membership and BPAC Project Review Process (For Discussion)
- Approval of March Meeting Minutes (For Action)
- City of Providence Vulnerable Road User Safety Action Plan – Overview and Status Update (For Discussion)
- Bike Plan Update – Status Update (For Discussion)
- Fountain Street Repaving and Restriping – Downtown (For Action)
The City of Providence intends to repave and restripe Fountain Street between Empire and Dorrance streets in Spring 2016. As part of the restriping, the City has proposed for the road to be restriped in a new configuration to include two travel lanes, a buffered bike lane, and on street parking. Existing crosswalk locations will also be restriped. The bike lane will connect existing bike lanes on Broadway to Emmett Square and Kennedy Plaza. DPW and DPD seek comment from the BPAC regarding the preliminary plans.
- Douglas Avenue Restriping Project – Smith Hill, Elmhurst, Wanskuck (For Action)
In Summer 2016, the City of Providence intends to restripe Douglas Avenue from Orms Street to the City Line. As part of that restriping, the City of Providence Department of Public Works has proposed bike lanes to be striped from Chad Brown Street to Chalkstone Avenue. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding their preliminary striping plans.
- Road restriping list from DPW (For Action)
In Summer 2016, the City of Providence intends to restripe several streets throughout the City. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding the following projects: See offical agenda for full list.
- Announcements (For Discussion)
James Kennedy is part of the group Moving Together Providence. You can follow him on Twitter at @transportpvd.
RIDOT has dubbed its proposal for a 6/10 Connector Big Dig a “highway-boulevard hybrid”, but the 6/10 Dig is sharply at odds with the Moving Together Providence proposal for a genuine 6/10 Boulevard. Like the “cooler and warmer” scandal that has captured the public’s attention and revulsion, highway-boulevard hybrid is state-government-speak for nonsense. But the mistakes embedded in RIDOT’s 6/10 approach are orders of magnitude more expensive than the $4.5 million Reykjavik excursion, and its failure will stay with us for decades.
It’s pretty obvious why the 6/10 Connector has segregated Silver Lake, Olneyville, and the West End from each other, and not hard to understand how it made Providence’s “second downtown” its poorest neighborhood. Less obvious, but vital, is for suburbanites to understand how RIDOT’s policy fails them, and to join in a statewide movement for a genuine boulevard.
Urban highways funnel traffic and collect it into a few chokepoints, instead of allowing it to disperse naturally. Olneyville has next to no job centers that would draw outsiders, and the neighborhood itself is almost 50% car-free. But 11:30 on a Wednesday in Olneyville Square feels like let-out time for the Newport Jazz Festival. How can a place with so little economic activity and driving be so congested?
The initial estimate for the “hybrid” design assumed a $500-$550 million price for the highway portion of the project and $300 million for the bus line and stations. However in a March 25 letter to federal officials expressing interest in a $150-million grant for the project, DOT listed the highway portion of the project at $650 million.
DOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said the $650-million estimate included the possibility that the project could be expanded to include repair of additional structurally deficient bridges, such as one at Plainfield Street. He could not immediately say whether the total price tag, including the transit component, would then grow to $950 million, or whether the state’s share of the project would still be $400 million.
Do we think we’ll be told the project is going to cost a billion dollars before or after they start construction?
Rhode Island State Police said the victim – a South Kingstown woman in her 60s – and her friend were walking with the flow of traffic on the side of the road when she was struck.
Request for approval of Phases 2 and 3 of the proposed improvement plan for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to the former JC Penny building façade (south elevation) and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a series of public workshops for the reconstruction of the 6-10 interchange as part of a process to reimagine this important transportation infrastructure.
After much down time and annoyance from our prior webhosting provider over the last weeks, I’ve moved the site to a new host. I’ve already noticed it is more speedy, and not crashing all the times (knock-on-wood), I hope you’re all finding it the same.
Continued review of proposed improvement plan for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to JC Penny façade (south elevation) and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances.
Police are investigating after two children were hit by a vehicle in Providence and the driver fled the scene.
From the Mayor’s Office: Signature Event in “America’s Coolest City” Returns for Second Year Rebranded and expanded, PVDFest will bring four days of art, music, and to the streets of Providence, June 2-5, 2016 Providence, RI – City of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and Founding Creative Partner […]
Proposed improvement plan (Phases 2 and 3) for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to JC Penny façade and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances.
What I am absolutely sure of is this. If the City approves a drive-thru on Broadway… well, then we have no right calling ourselves a ‘city’ anymore.
The historic streets of Rhode Island’s capital city have never seen so much life. Here you’ll discover a lively mix of arts, culture, eats, and unique charm. Bragging rights that include “America’s Best Small City,” “America’s Coolest City,” “Top 10 Best Downtowns,” and “Top City Overall” make PVD an exceptional place to live, work, and […]
At the December 2015 City Plan Commission meeting, Rhode Island Hospital’s application to amend their Institutional Master Plan to include the demolition of the Pavilion was denied. RIH has appealed, and the appeal will be heard by the Zoning Board of Review this Tuesday. Please join PPS there for a silent protest.
A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes:
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced an effort to revamp the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) by signing an executive order granting the commission more say over where bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure investments, such as crosswalks and bike lanes, are implemented and how they are designed.
BPAC seeks public comment on needed improvements to bicycle lanes and other bicycle infrastructure throughout Providence.