Greater City Providence

WJAR: Fatalities lead to safety changes on Route 102 in West Greenwich

walkinpvd-iconTraffic signals, crosswalks and reducing the speed limit are among the safety improvements that will be made to Route 102 in West Greenwich after two pedestrians were recently killed while crossing the busy state road.

“I would describe it as very unsafe. They need to really do something about it,” said Deborah Turnbull.

State Transportation Director Peter Alviti said over the next six months, the state plans to add more lighting along Route 102 and convert the breakdown lanes into a sidewalk.

Alviti said the long-term improvements include adding traffic signals and crosswalks at two intersections: Arnold Farm Road and Breakhart Hill Road. The state also plans to build sidewalks and reduce the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph.

Victory Highway, image from Google Street View

Why, does RIDOT’s design guidelines still allow roads to be built like this with zero provisions for pedestrians? In a different version of this report, the RIDOT Director was quoted as saying this road was not designed for pedestrians. Obviously from this Street View image, the road was just worked on, but still no design for pedestrians.

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.

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