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Parking Ban?

In Parking, Roads, Snowby Jef Nickerson2 Comments

Contrary to what you see in this photo of Washington Street this evening, there is still a Parking Ban in effect in the City of Providence, until further notice. [box style=”red”]Update: The Mayor’s office just announced that the parking ban ends at noon today (Monday).[/alert]

If you could buy a city street, what would you do with it?

In Colleges/Universities, Government, Roadsby Jef Nickerson12 Comments

Photo (cc) Marcin Wichary After Brown University and then RISD made agreements with the City to acquire parts of public streets for private parking in exchange for increased payments in lieu of taxes; GoLocal Providence reports that the City will make an annoucement tomorrow that Providence College has now made a similar agreement. So all this begs the question, if …

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City Plan Commission Meeting – November 20, 2012

In Colleges/Universities, Government, Parking, Roadsby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

Notice of Regular Meeting Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – 4:45pm Department of Planning and Development 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of minutes from October 16th 2012 meeting – for action Director’s Report Minor Subdivision View Brown Streets in a larger map 1. Case No. 12-047MI – Preliminary Plan Approval …

Reader Rant: Urban design by traffic engineers

In Pedestrians, Reader Submissions, Roadsby Guest Post12 Comments

Update: This project was done by the City without the involvement of RIDOT, which makes the entire situation worse actually. Urban Design by RIDOT! Was the City complicit? I’m almost at a loss for words about the thoughtlessness in locating a new traffic signal control box within a public plaza in Olneyville Square. If this happened in Wayland Square instead, …

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City publishes list of planned street improvements tied to November Road Bond

In Government, Roadsby Jef Nickerson7 Comments

From the City of Providence: City of Providence Publishes List of Planned Street Improvements Roads throughout the capital city will be fixed if voters approve $40 million bond on Nov. 6; Mayor’s Office to hold series of informational meetings PROVIDENCE, RI – Starting today residents of Providence can view the list of planned street improvements in the capital city. Voters …

Now a Brown Way

In Colleges/Universities, Roadsby Jef Nickerson23 Comments

Street signs marking certain streets on the East Side as “Not a Public Way” have begun going up. This is part of the City’s agreement with Brown to give the University exclusive rights to certain streets in exchange for making larger payments in lieu of taxes. Reader submitted photo.

Fast Lane: Obama Administration says “We Can’t Wait,” tells states to use idle earmarks to improve transportation and put people to work

In Government, Roads, Transportationby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

At DOT, we know that America’s transportation infrastructure is in need of attention, while construction workers across the country remain eager to get back on the job repairing, replacing, and modernizing our roads, rails, and runways. Over the last decade, Congress has set aside $473 million in transportation funds that were never spent. These idle earmarks have sat on the …

Politico: Obama offers states $470M for roads, bridges

In Election 2012, Government, Roads, Transportationby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

The Obama administration is making nearly half a billion dollars in unspent highway funds available to states that promise to use the money to create jobs and improve transportation. A White House official says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will announce Friday that more than $470 million will be made immediately available for projects such as repairing crumbling roads and bridges. …

USDOT issues Rhode Island more discretionary grants

In Pawtucket, Roads, Transportationby Greater City ProvidenceLeave a Comment

Interlink in Warwick Recently, the Federal Transportation Adminstration issued two grants for RIPTA and now RIDOT is recieving Federal Highway Administration grants for three projects. Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment (IBRD) Program • $360,000 Browning Mill Bridge carrying Arcadia road over Roaring Brook: The project uses relatively new bridge replacement technology known as “Bridge in Backpack.” Construction time for this …

General Assembly approves Complete Streets legislation

In Bicycles, Government, Pedestrians, Roadsby Greater City Providence5 Comments

General Assembly Press Release: Assembly OKs ‘complete streets’ bill STATE HOUSE – With passage in the House yesterday, the General Assembly has approved legislation aimed at ensuring future road construction projects are developed with an eye toward the safety and ease of all types of users. The legislation (2012-S 2131, 2012-H 7352) sponsored by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma and Rep. …

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City Plan Commission Meeting – June 19, 2012

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Notice of Regular Meeting Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – 4:45pm Department of Planning and Development 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of minutes from May 15th 2012 meeting – for action Director’s Report Minor Subdivision 1. Case No. 12-021MI – 54 Locust Street The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval …