Greater City Providence

Tempting fate?

195 Overpass at Wickenden Street

Route 195 overpass at Wickenden Street, by Jef Nickerson

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought one of the major reasons we’re building the Iway is that the current Route 195 is ready to fall down on top of someone at any second. If you walk under any of the overpasses you’ll see that they are held up with duct tape, gum, two by fours, pigeon droppings, and fairy dust. So why oh why are these giant ass dump trucks parked on top of the Wickenden Street overpass every night. Is this really a good idear?

While I’m whining:

Hot Club Parking

Cars parked at the Hot Club, by Jef Nickerson

Dear Hot Club:
Your customers are not allowed to park on the sidewalk.
Hugs and kisses,

One last photo, no whining, no ranting, just a nice little photo of the tug boat Reliance under the Iway Bridge.


Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • Agreed, the large dump trucks seem like a bad idea, though, not too long ago, hundreds of 20 ton 18 wheelers where lurching over the same spots.

  • Yeah, I thought about the fact that trucks rolled over it for decades. It just seems, now that it is closed, we should let it rest until it comes down.

  • They’re also piling up lots of excavated material on the closed part of the roadway. I’m wondering why the extra dirt isn’t going right to its final destination, or is this Rhode Island ‘makework’ happening right before our eyes?

    “Hey, we need to dig this up… Put all the dirt over there”

    (one month later)

    “Hey we need to disassemble this road, but we put three hundred tons of dirt on it… Lets move the dirt… Over there!”

    (a month after that)

    “Hey, we just got some more stimulus money… Lets move that dirt again.”


    “Eyewitness News reports live from the scene of dead mobsters being exhumed from leftover dirt from the construction of the I-Way. An investigation is under way.”

  • On Providence River charts, there is an area marked down by Fields Point as future fill. Does anyone know if that is where 195 dirt is going?

  • I can’t stand how they park at the Hot Club. Everyday when I go walking, I walk around them and it just blows my mind how most RI’ers behave. People do live in that area. What if someone was wheelchair bound? Where is parking control for this??

  • I guess there was a big frat party at Fish Co. that turned into a mini riot last night. Wonder where they parked.

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