Greater City Providence

Washington Bridge Bike Path Open… For Now

Washington Bridge

According to the RI DOT’s blog, the bike path on the Washington Bridge is now open.

The bike path on the bridge is in its original configuration, and cyclists and pedestrians should exercise caution on the path as it is very narrow. There are numerous alcoves along the path where cyclists can pull over and let an oncoming rider pass.


The path will eventually be closed again when the Department is ready to begin construction on a project to convert the remaining portion of the old bridge into a wider bikeway and linear park.

So, hopefully it will be available for Bike-to-work Day. No word yet on when exactly it will close or for how long.

Also noted:

While the Washington Bridge bike path is now open, it will be closed on Sunday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. because it is part of the route for the Cox Sports Marathon. Cyclists on the East Bay Bike Path north of Middle Highway in Barrington can expect congested conditions as the path itself will be part of the road race course.

Matthew Coolidge

Matthew Coolidge is co-founder of Greater City Providence. In addition to the occasional blog post about cycling, sailing, or urban rant, he works as an Electrical Engineer, often traveling to major cities and ports around the globe, or simply Warwick.

1 comment

  • I went over the bridge today, and its great to be able to bike to the East Bay again. On the East Providence Side they have a section that is the width of what the whole bridge will eventual be. I hope that when they get around to it, the work won’t effect the summer season.

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