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House and Senate Committees to consider bills mandating bridge sidewalk snow removal

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Route 95 clear after Blizzard of 2015, Broadway Bridge sidewalks, not so much.

Committees of the Rhode Island General Assembly House and Senate will consider bills this Wednesday, March 25th, to mandate that RIDOT remove snow from roads and sidewalk under their control, including overpasses in Providence:


House Finance Committee:

House Bill No. 5349
BY Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHWAYS – SIDEWALKS {LC1086/1} (Requires the DOT to complete snow removal on all sidewalks located on state highway overpasses, and on all pedestrian overhead walkways under the control of the state within (24) hours after the end of a snowstorm.)


Senate:

Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee to hear bill on sidewalk snow removal

STATE HOUSE – The Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee will meet Wednesday to hear proposed legislation addressing the removal of snow from sidewalks on highway overpasses.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, at the rise of the Senate (about 4:30 p.m.) in Room 310 on the third floor of the State House.

The bill (2015-S 0195 ), sponsored by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), would require the Department of Transportation to complete snow removal on all sidewalks located on state highway overpasses, and on all pedestrian overhead walkways under the control of the state within 24 hours after the end of a snowstorm.


The public is welcome to attend and testify at these meetings, you can also contact your Represenative or Senator directly to express support.

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3 Responses to House and Senate Committees to consider bills mandating bridge sidewalk snow removal

  1. Andy March 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    So… our highway bridge sidewalks will be clear as a Spring thaw, and the rest… will just have to wait until the Spring thaw?

  2. KCB March 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    The green shoots of another unenforced law…

    One excuse that I can’t stand to hear any longer: “The Providence Police are overworked and understaffed”

  3. Stanison March 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    The Globe has an article on the homepage right now, “For some, unshoveled sidewalk fines piled up this winter”. The City of Boston has made public the number of tickets issued including the biggest repeat offenders. I’d love to see this info for Providence.

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