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WPRI: Police make arrest in connection with deadly hit-and-run

walkinpvd-iconPolice have arrested a man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run Monday night on Newport Avenue.

The suspect is Paul Newman, 53, of Jacksonville, Florida. He is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting.

A witness was able to see the driver’s license plate before the vehicle fled the scene. Police said they were then able to trace the plate to a rental car. Newman had returned the first vehicle not long after the accident and rented another, authorities said.

Newman later turned himself in, not long after East Providence Police made contact with him.

The woman was crossing Newport Avenue at about 8 p.m. when she was hit by a red SUV, which then took off, police said.


ProJo: Police: East Providence man drives onto sidewalk, strikes husband, wife, dog

walkinpvd-iconThe police have arrested an East Providence man they say drove up on a sidewalk along Legion Way and struck a pedestrian and a bicyclist and killed a dog before driving away Tuesday night, according to Lt. Thomas J. Rush.

Daniel James, 33, of Dorr Avenue, was arrested at his home about an hour-and-a-half after the crash and charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious personal injury, as well as motor vehicle infractions. He was held for arraignment Wednesday in District Court, Providence.

Seriously, WTF!?


ProJo: Pedestrian struck by parked car in East Providence

Actually, no. Someone drove their car into another car which was then pushed into the pedestrian. The parked car did not achieve sentience and lash out at the pedestrian.

walkinpvd-iconDaniel Major, 26, was driving south on Willett Avenue, when he lost control of the car, according to East Providence Police Lt. Christopher Francesconi.

Francesconi said the car spun out of control, rolled over, and crashed into a parked Toyota Corolla. That vehicle then rolled into the 27-year-old woman, who had been walking down that street.


Sim City writ large on the Providence Waterfront


Screenshot from YouTube.

Today’s Providence Business News reports on the divergent visions of the Providence Mayoral Candidates for the Providence Waterfront.

As with many issues, Elorza wants to continue the Taveras position on Allens Avenue, which is to reserve the land there, through zoning restrictions, for industrial use only. Supported by the City Council under President Michael Solomon and existing Allens Avenue landowners, that position was a change from Cianci’s late 1990s plans and those of his successor, David N. Cicilline.

Elorza does want to increase exports from the working waterfront, through market studies and trade missions, activities normally handled by state economic-development officials.

Not to be overlooked, the people who currently own the land along the Allens Avenue waterfront support this direction.

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ProJo: Wider Washington Bridge bike path across Seekonk River to open in November


An 11-foot-wide bike lane, yet to be paved, runs the length of the bridge from East Providence to Providence. Alongside it, but separate, is a partially poured, stamped-concrete 7-foot-wide path for walkers. At the center and widest part of the span, a small park is taking shape with expansive water views.

In the summer of 2012, the Department of Transportation closed the span — along with its narrow and harrowing path for bikers and walkers — to begin the $21.8-million “linear park” project. More than two years later, it’s expected to reopen, largely on schedule, in November.


WJAR: Woman killed in front of condominiums is identified


Bullocks Point Avenue, East Providence – Image from Google Street View

walkinpvd-iconA woman was killed after being struck by a car on Bullocks Point Avenue in East Providence on Friday.

The victim has been identified as 53-year-old Laurie Rozen, of East Providence. Police say she was crossing the street in front of the Stonegate Condominiums when she was killed.

Police told NBC 10 initially it doesn’t appear the driver did anything improper.

Just a tragic accident on a roadway, those who live here say can be dangerous.

Well, no. Someone designed a high-speed four-lane roadway with housing and bus stops on either side with poor lighting and no crosswalks; it wasn’t just a tragic accident, it was by design. Who designed this roadway, and how should they be held accountable for the death of this woman?


ProJo: Project for Kettle Point, long at rest, on the move


Rendering of Kettle Point by Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Tuesday night, the city’s Waterfront District Commission unanimously approved the 40-acre, 407-unit, $75-million Kettle Point development.

The project developer is Churchill & Banks of Providence. Richard Baccari II, the firm’s executive vice president, said that after state permits are obtained, construction would begin this summer. A year later, the first residents would arrive.


Sandy photos from Twitter

We’ve been updating this post as we come across photos on Twitter.

Photos of Hurricane Sandy

Storified by Gr. City Providence · Tue, Oct 30 2012 13:29:22

W/ Cong @davidcicilline observing flooding @ Allens Ave. Fortunate 2 have avoided the worst of Sandy in PVD. #PVDsandy Taveras
Looking on as workers reopened the South Water St flood barrier this am. #PVDsandy Taveras
Touring Roy Carpenter’s Beach in Matunuck. Sad to see the damage done here by #SandyRI. Whitehouse Klepper
.@LincolnChafee & @LtGovernorRoberts viewing a break in the Narragansett seawall #SandyRI Chafee
Corn Neck Road. #SandyRI Island Tourism
Matunuck coastline #SandyRI @LtGovRoberts Chafee
Yowzer Becker
MT @TheAtlanticWire Breezy Point, New York fire damage. (Credit: Frank Franklin II, AP) #SandyHurricane Central
RT @nowthised: Wider shot of scaffolding toppling car on CPW and 92nd, across from Central Park,NYC @nowthisnews #sandy Central
PHOTO – AN OCEAN ON NY’S LOWER EAST SIDE. Never happened ever like this. #sandy #nyc ARECS
Window out in downtown Providence corner of Washington & Maiden Ln #sandyri @projo D. Jordan
RT @dylandreyernbc: Hard to believe we’re getting SNOW out of a HURRICANE in West Virginia. Insane! Central
MT @twcmarialarosa: Part of Atlantic City’s boardwalk (built to hold up a firetruck) obliterated! #Sandy #ACY #NJwx Central
Photo: Power lines leaning perilously over Gano Street during #SandyRI on Providence’s East Side (ReportIt/Armando): Nesi
Sandy opens the roof of an E. Prov. post office like a tuna can. #SandyRI White
RT @kathrynsotnik: House In matunuck washing into the water. Wx Team
From Parker Gavigan, crews securing the flood gates on South St. in Providence, readying for this evening’s high tide. Searles


RIDOT announces start of work on Washington Bridge Linear Park

Washington Bridge Linear Park

Rendering of the Washington Bridge Linear Park. From RIDOT.

RIDOT is prepared to start work on the long awaited Washington Bridge Linear Park. The park is set to be built on remaining sections of the old Washington Bridge and will connect pedestrians and cyclists from Providence’s India Point Park to the East Bay Bike Path in East Providence.

As a result of work, the current passage over the bridge will be closed starting Monday, July 19th. RIDOT recommends recreational users of the East Bay Bike Path head to park in East Providence. Others are urged to use RIPTA to get to/from East Providence. RIDOT recommends that only “experienced cyclists” use the Henderson Bridge to cross the Seekonk River. Says a lot about RIDOT’s bikelanes on that bridge, don’t you think?

Full information about detours and closures can be found on RIDOT’s website.

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RISCA/RIDOT seek muralist for Route 195 project

195 Mural

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Rhode Island Council on the Arts are seekiing a muralist for a section of highway wall along Route 195 in East Providence. Please see below for more information and where to find a copy of the RFQ.

The Department of Transportation is seeking proposals from qualified outdoor Muralists for professional services related to the painting of a mural on a wall along Interstate 195 in East Providence. This is part of a project spearheaded by the Governor’s office, in which RISCA has been involved in providing input and feedback.

The mural design has been selected by a committee and is included in the RFP, which can be found here. This project needs to be completed by May 25, 2012.

A Pre-Proposal Meeting to review the RFP and ask questions of DOT staff is set for March 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation – Traffic Management Center Conference Room located at 2 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02903. For more information please contact Lori Fisette at (401) 222- 3260 Ext. 4401.


Inaugural Ride – Bike Train from the East Bay to the Blackstone Valley, July 11

Bike Route marker between the East Bay and Blackstone Bike Paths at India Point Park in Providence
Photo from Cycle Blackstone’s Facebook Page

Monday, July 11 • 8:30am – 11:30am
Along the on-road connector East Providence to Cumberland

Great news – both the sharrows and temporary signage have been installed along the designated route between Cumberland and East Providence! We’re gearing up to hold our press conference and we want to invite you to join us in celebrating the completion of the route.

Please meet us at any of the locations below:

  • 8:30 – Opening Ceremony – East Providence (East Bay Bike Path Parking Lot on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway) Depart at 9:00
  • 9:30 – Speaking – Providence (Lippitt Park at the end of Blackstone Boulevard) Depart at 9:45
  • 10:00 – Speaking – Pawtucket (Pawtucket Visitor’s Center on the corner of Roosevelt and Main) Depart at 10:15
  • 10:30 – Closing Ceremony – Cumberland (Start of Blackstone Valley Bikeway on Jones Street)



Hating to say, “I told you so”

walkinpvd-iconEAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. | A woman and two of her children, walking in the street because of the piles of snow on the sidewalk, were injured when they were struck by a car Saturday on Pawtucket Avenue.

The driver, a 23-year-old Pawtucket woman who was not identified, was cited for a driving-while-texting violation, a Municipal Court infraction.

Meanwhile, in Pawtucket:

Struck pedestrian still in hospital:

It is unknown at this time if the Pawtucket incident had anything to do with the condition of the sidewalks.