CityWalkPVD Demonstration Day on Broad Street – June 16, 2018

[alert type=”info”]Saturday, June 16th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Broad Street between Public and Potters
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Come out for a temporary demonstration event and celebrate Broad Street! This is a unique opportunity for community members to learn more about City Walk and experience it for a day.

The #CityWalkPVD Demonstration Day on Saturday, June 16th will feature:

  • Ground murals by local artists Lisa Perez, Tamara Diaz, and Dana Heng!
  • Pedestrian enhancements and a temporary two-way protected bike lane on Broad Street!
  • Temporary public plazas at Broad/Public and Broad/Daboll!

Be sure to stop by Public Street between Daboll and Broad streets at 1:30 PM on Saturday, June 16th for a special surprise from Sokeo Ros and the Laotian Community Center of RI!!

By documenting community response to temporary changes during the June 16th City Walk Demonstration Day, community input will directly influence more permanent changes to Broad Street as part of City Walk in Summer 2019.

About CityWalk

City Walk is part of a citywide Urban Trail initiative that will: strengthen connections between Providence neighborhoods, parks, and civic institutions; improve safety for people traveling by all modes; and celebrate the diversity and culture of Providence neighborhoods through public art, wayfinding and interpretive signage, landscaping, and vibrant public places. The City of Providence has secured over $2.3M to design and construct initial phases of City Walk along Clifford Street in Downtown and Pine, Friendship, and Broad streets in South Providence in 2019. To learn more about City Walk, please visit the project website.

WPRI: Police: Man arrested after running over young girl in Warwick

walkinpvd-iconAccording to Maj. Rick Rathbun, Anthony Sudduth was trying to take a left hand turn onto Greenwich Avenue from King Street when he lost control of his vehicle.

Rathbun said the girl was riding a scooter on the sidewalk when she was hit by the SUV. She was transported to the hospital with “serious injuries.”

Sudduth, 47, was arrested on the scene for suspicion of driving under the influence of liquor and/or drugs. He is being charged with one count of driving to endanger resulting in serious bodily injury, and the DUI investigation is ongoing.

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.

WPRI: Pedestrian killed, another survives, after being hit by Jeep in West Greenwich

walkinpvd-iconPolice are investigating a pedestrian crash that left one man dead and another hurt.

Police said it happened last Tuesday as the men tried to cross Victory Highway (Route 102) about 4:40 p.m. Officers said the weather was rainy, it was dark outside, and the victims were wearing dark clothing.

Also, Victory Highway has no sidewalks or crosswalks, so it is kind of designed to kill pedestrians. But yes, let’s blame dark clothing.

Daniel Cornell, 25, of Coventry, died from his injuries.

The other man, David Pulaski, 41, of Pawtucket, told police he survived because Cornell saved his life.

“Daniel yelled, ‘watch out!’ and pushed him out of harm’s way,” his mother, Janet Cornell, said Monday.

“It says who he actually was in his heart,” said Cornell’s older sister, Austin Matteson. “He was a good person and his final act on this Earth showed who he really was.”

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

Photo from RIDOT’s Facebook page

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.

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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.

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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.