Greater City Providence

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

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The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of October 2018, said Charles St. Martin, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, the agency in charge of the $16.97-million project.


The pedestrian bridge now being built on the piers that once carried the highway will eventually connect a nearly 5-acre park on the west side of the river with a nearly 2-acre park to its east. The DOT is responsible for constructing the bridge and parks, among the final elements of the highway realignment.


The DOT expects to put parks construction out to bid by the end of this year, start work in the spring and conclude the work by summer 2019, St. Martin said.

The new bridge will a key link in the CityWalk project currently under development.

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  • Does anyone know if the café, which was originally proposed for the project, will remain a feature of the bridge?

  • First, this is great but how does it cost $17 million when they are re-using existing foundations? Seems so bloated and that makes me angry. This is a pedestrian bridge, not a bridge for vehicles, why does it cost so much?

    Second, I am staying tuned to see how they connect the park to South Street Landing… will there be a RiverWalk extension? Will they modernize the old ship berth just south of the pedestrian bridge on the west side into an loading/unloading slip for boats/shuttles/water taxis? The RiverWalk needs to be contiguous on both sides of the river. Will that RiverWalk extension be illuminated all the way down to South Street Landing?

    Third, I was not aware of the cafe… what side of the river is that supposed to be located on?

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