Iway new traffic patterns 95 North

In 195 Relocation Project by Greater City Providence1 Comment

More Iway related lane shifts coming, this time on Route 95: A new lane configuration will start on September 27 and be in place for the morning commute on Monday, September 28. Motorists will find fixed and variable electronic signage to alert them to this change as they approach the construction zone. Ongoing Iway construction immediately after Exit 19 (I-195 …

195 Street Grid Part 5: A look at lot sizes

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

In Part 4 much of the discussion revolved around lot sizes. Comment by Corey Call me naive, but personally, I would take some of the parcels not targeted for institutional use, subdivide them, and then sell the subdivided lots individually; much more in line with what would have been done in the 18th or 19th centuries. […] It also allows …

Could the schools help provide needed transit for Downtown?

In 195 Relocation Project, Transportation by Jef Nickerson13 Comments

In the comments section of the post about the Route 195 surplus land redevelopment report there is an interesting discussion (recommended reading) going on about dividing the parcels into smaller lots to create a more granular Downcity-like development pattern in the Route 195 land. Part of that discussion is the realization that we need better transit options throughout the Downcity …

Temporary Architecture

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Rendering from Envelope Architecture + Design As we start to look towards redeveloping 19 acres of land in the center of our city, during the worst economic downturn in a generation, it is apparent that we need to start thinking outside the proverbial box. Envelope A+D of Oakland, California shows the way with Proxy. The project looks for a temporary …

195 Street Grid Part 3: Wickenden Street update

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

In Part 1 of our 195 Street Grid posts, we looked at the Wickenden Street area and an alternate plan proposed by Ron Henderson of L+A Landscape Architecture. The design proposed by RIDOT was less than impressive, after feedback from the public and the Fox Point Neighborhood Association and others, the City Planning Department has requested that RIDOT review the …

195 Street Grid Part 2: Walk Light FAIL in Davol Square

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

I’m including this post as part of the 195 Street Grid series because it highlights a very simple but important failure. These lights have been here for a couple (several?) months; the infrastructure for cars is in place, lights are up and on, islands have been moved to make way for lanes, lanes have been marked… The pedestrian infrastructure however, …

Where Route 195 used to be…

In 195 Relocation Project by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Won’t it be so cool when we can finally say that? On Thursday morning (weather permitting) the Iway project brings us another step closer. Video by Jef Nickerson From RIDOT: RIDOT is getting ready to open the next major segment of the Iway to traffic on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The change will take place during the overnight hours on …

It’s Official: Universities Target 195 Land

In 195 Relocation Project by Bret Ancowitz19 Comments

We all knew this was coming eventually, but Brown and Johnson and Wales have now officially made their play for their piece of the coming 195 land. The Projo has the details about House Majority Whip Peter F. Kilmartin’s (D-Pawtucket) legislation authorizing the state DOT to sell the two universities 6 of the 19 acres of the 195 land at …

Tempting fate?

In 195 Relocation Project, Transportation by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

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 …

Editorial: I-Way Quality Job 1?

In 195 Relocation Project by Bret Ancowitz3 Comments

Photo from RIDOT Driving home the other day and taking the new on-ramp to 195 off of 95 South, I couldn’t help but think about Jef Nickerson’s comments here on the blog regarding how outrageous it is that our 23 year old Amrak station is already in need of heavy renovation. Exiting off 95, my car met the new ramp …

IWay Bridge Lighting

In 195 Relocation Project by Matthew Coolidge5 Comments

This week we saw hints of what the completed IWay bridge lighting will look like. This doesn’t appear to be the complete picture, since, in this shot, the tower structures are not lit, and if you look carefully, you’ll notice that only the northern half of the bridge has its decorative lighting turned on. I think the lighting looks great, …