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Assembly Bill would rename Iway bridge for late architect William Warner

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Iway bridge viewed from the Hurricane Barrier

A bill (H 6029) before the General Assembly would rename the Route 195 Iway bridge over the Providence River for late architect William Warner.

Warner, who passed last summer, is perhaps best known for the napkin sketch that eventually resulted in the relocation of the rivers and the creation of Waterplace Park. Fittingly, Warner also designed the Iway bridge which would take his name.


AN ACT
RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY – PERMANENT JOINT COMMITTEE ON NAMING ALL NEW BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, EDIFICES, AND OTHER STATE CONSTRUCTIONS

Introduced By: Representative Cale P. Keable
Date Introduced: April 24, 2013
Referred To: House Municipal Government

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 22-7.4 of the General Laws entitled “Permanent Joint Committee on Naming All New Buildings, Bridges, Edifices and Other State Constructions” is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

22-7.4-119. The William D. Warner Memorial Bridge. – The bridge in the city of Providence known as the I-195 Providence River Bridge, (Bridge #1081), shall hereafter be named and known as the “William D. Warner Memorial Bridge.”

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
This act would name the I-195 Providence River Bridge the “William D. Warner Memorial Bridge.” This act would take effect upon passage.

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Providence Model

Providence Model

I somehow forgot about these photos of the Providence Model I took which was displayed at the Providence Preservation Society Symposium last month.

The model was built, I believe, around about when the river relocation was underway and the Iway project was finalizing its design. AIA-ri got their hands on it and I’m hoping they’ll find a place to display it permanently. Not really sure what the plans are at this point though.

You can click-through on each image to view it larger on Flickr.

Providence Model

Looking up the Providence River, Iway Bridge at foreground, East Side on right, Jewelry District and Downcity at left.

Providence Model

Fox’s Point where the tug boats currently reside. Shooters would be at the bottom left.

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Chestnut Street closed June 15-29 for Route 195 removal

Aerial photo of Route 195 at Chestbut Street
Photo from RIDOT

RIDOT is scheduled to temporarily close a portion of Chestnut Street in Providence, between Clifford Street and Friendship Street at the old I-195 overpass, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 6am. This segment of Chestnut Street will remain closed for approximately two weeks, reopening by June 29, 2011. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The closure is necessary to allow for safe demolition of the old highway bridge, part of a $6.8 million Iway demolition contract.

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RIDOT to partially close South Water Street, May 7-8 and May 14-15

RIDOT is scheduled to close South Water Street in Providence at the old I-195 overpass on May 7-8 and May 14-15, 2011. This section of South Water Street, from James Street to Point Street, must be closed to allow for safe demolition of the old highway bridge, part of a $6.8 million Iway demolition contract.

RIDOT intends to close the bridge at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, and reopen the road before midnight on on Sunday, May 8. The current schedule calls for this road to be closed again for the same hours the following weekend, May 14-15, 2011. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

The road will be closed to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, and will allow RIDOT to demolish the bridge in a quick and safe manner. The closure is the latest in a series of demolitions scheduled to take place this year in Providence. The Department anticipates the entire highway demolition project to conclude in late summer.

RIDOT has established detour routes for both vehicles and pedestrians for this closure. Access to local businesses will be maintained.

More information and maps on RIDOT’s website.

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Dyer Street to close at Old Route 195 this weekend and next

Pedestrian Detour
Dyer Steet Pedestrian Detour
Click image to enlarge

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is scheduled to close Dyer Street in Providence at the old I-195 overpass this weekend, April 9-10, 2011. This section of Dyer Street, from Clifford Street to Ship Street, must be closed to allow for safe demolition of the old highway bridge, part of a $6.8 million Iway demolition contract.

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