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 it.
Way back in 2003, RIDOT did a study on the Dean-Cahir-Stewart corridor and released this report . That report called for $3.5million (which seems way low) worth of improvements to the corridor including more turn lanes (which I’m not a fan of) and bump outs at certain areas to enhance pedestrian movements (which I am a fan of). I don’t know if the improvements proposed in that plan are included in the work happening now however. I’ll reach out to some contacts in the city and see what I can find out.
But seriously, if they stopped work right now, it would be a vast improvement over how Dean Street has been for the better part of the last decade.
I heard back from Planning regarding the scope on Dean Street and am told it is a complete rebuild of the right-of-way (street and sidewalks) from Stewart to West Exchange Street. There are plans for the work in the Planning office which I may pop in to take a look at next week.
Photos by Jef Nickerson