New Dean Street access to Route 95

In Roads, Transportation by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson On Monday, RIDOT will open new access from Dean Street northbound to 6/10 Connector inbound which provides direct access to Route 95 north and south. Photo by Jef Nickerson RIDOT will open the new left turn lane on Dean Street after the Monday morning rush. Prior to this left turn being open, access from Dean Street …

RIDOT closing Allens Ave. for track work

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View Larger Map A portion of Allens Avenue south of Thurbers Avenue will be closing this Friday (Oct. 23) evening through next Tuesday (Oct. 27) for work at the railroad crossing near the Port of Providence. See the RIDOT Press Release. RIDOT Graphic I’ve been through here a few times recently and there is a huge pothole along the tracks …

It is already better than it was. Dean Street.

In Economy, Roads by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

Work has begun on Dean Street, praise Maude! So I’m not at all sure what is up here, the Stimulus sign went up the other day and work began in earnest today. The Mayor asked for $10million for 18 miles of sidewalk repair in his stimulus wish list last year. That wish list had nothing specific to Dean Street in …

A proposal for two-way Empire Street at LaSalle Square

In Bicycles, Pedestrians, Roads by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Original drawing by RIDOT, modifications by Jef Nickerson • Click image to enlarge Last month we took a look at the city’s plans for the redesign of LaSalle Square. The city is planning to make Empire Street two-way for the entire length (from Weybosset/Broad to through the square to Sabin Street). The city has had some back and forth with …

Graphic PSA about the dangers of texting while driving

In Roads by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

Before you watch, I warned you it is graphic. I feel a little light headed after watching it. From the video’s YouTube page: The four-minute sequence involves British actors and creative talent — and is part of a larger 30-minute drama produced and directed by Peter Watkins-Hughes an award winning, former BBC TV producer who is also a lecturer for …

Fall River and the amazing technicolor Braga Bridge

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Photo (cc) pierre lascott from Flickr I had to drive to the Cape both of the last two weekends, and traveling over the Braga Bridge I had two thoughts, how many more decades is this eastbound lane restriction going to last and, when the hell is someone going to paint this damn thing? Well, I still have no answer to …

LaSalle Square redesign

In Bicycles, Pedestrians, Roads, Transportation by Jef Nickerson12 Comments

The city Department of Planning and Development has been working for some time on a Downtown Circulation Plan. Signs of the plan are visible already on city streets, Washington Street was made two-way, and the lights at Washington and Empire are built for the future transformation of Empire into a two-way street. Eventually, Weybosset will be made a two-way street …

Higher tolls, new tolls on RI bridges

In Roads by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Mt. Hope Bridge photo by takfoto from Flickr ProJo reports that the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is proposing raising tolls on the Newport-Pell Bridge and reinstituting tolls on the Mt. Hope Bridge (tolls were removed from the Mt. Hope Bridge in 1998). The toll to cross the Newport span would increase from $2 to $4 for those paying …

You spin me right round

In Roads by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Public bus navigating roundabout in Washington State | Photo by Washington State Dept of Transportation from Flickr The Project for Public Spaces has a post on their blog today about modern roundabouts. Being from Cape Cod, the home of the rotaries from hell, I’ve been slow to come around to the idea of roundabouts (which are actually different from rotaries). …

Re-imagining our squares

In Bicycles, Roads by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Emmett Square | View Larger Map The city has a plan known as the Downtown Circulator (I think that’s what it is known as), which would make Weybosset and Empire Streets two-way, rebuild Fountain Street, and rebuild and reconfigure Emmett and LaSalle Squares. Currently, the city is on track to begin this work next spring (last I heard). Thinking of …

Reader Submission: Stop means Stop?

In Roads by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

A Greater City Providence reader submitted this photo and statement on the photo: This is Brown Street at Angell Street. I am so old I remember when “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” was exactly what you could figure out for yourself when you saw a STOP sign. Good times. City spent less money on signs back then, too. The reason …

Angell Street has Lanes!?!?

In Roads by Bret Ancowitz18 Comments

Much to my shock, newly painted lane markers have popped up around the East Side, most notably on Waterman and Angell Streets. In many areas, actual lanes and parking areas of the streets are now clearly demarcated. This has the potential to end the fun but often dangerous third-world style driving game of “create your own lane” that has often …

New Sakonnet River Bridge by 2012?

In Roads by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

WPRI reports that the state plans a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Sakonnet River Bridge on Friday, April 24th. The state has awarded the $163.7 million contract to Cardi Corporation (is there anyone else who builds roads in RI?). The new bridge is scheduled for completion in 2012, however there is an incentive in the contract for early completion. A …

Anyone Know How/Why/Logic of Route 146?

In Roads by Bret Ancowitz9 Comments

146 sign photo from northeastroads.com I was driving on Route 146 to North Providence the other day and got to thinking about this road… Exactly how did it come to exist in its current form?? What is the history? And exactly why: Does it have access off of I-95 North, but not South? Does it have access to I-95 South, …

PVD’s 5 Worst Intersections…

In Roads by Bret Ancowitz20 Comments

Inspired by Jef’s proposal of putting the Thomas/North Main intersection on an asphalt “diet” of sorts (and some feedback posted that perhaps there are worse offenders out there), I thought we could all think out loud about which intersections in the city are the worst-of-the-worst. Here’s how we should break it down: – 5 Worst Intersections for Drivers: – 5 …