Greater City Providence

Dean Street, finally, maybe

Dean Street

The cynic in me has to wonder if the fact that this project started a year ago, has been stagnant all summer, and just got back into gear this week, has anything to do with when the Primary Elections happened.

Literally, all summer we’ve had half done sidewalks, lights that are up but not working, and pothole nation at the Atwells area of Dean Street. The traffic lights went up at the end of June and the only work that has happened all summer since then until this week has been, someone came out and mowed the weeds that had grown in the landscape pits.

Dean Street

So hopefully the street will finally be paved, and maybe we’ll have sidewalks before winter and it is time for me to start ranting about snow removal again.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • My understanding of such things is that the best time to repave streets is at the hottest part of the summer, which went by a month ago. So I have no problem hanging out with Jef’s cynic on why this project, in this ward, was stalled until last week.

  • Do you think it was stalled so that people would not vote for Lombardi (not that I would have voted for him anyway)?

    I wonder when Westminster at the off-ramp from Rt. 10 will be paved. That little section is just as bad, if not worse, than all of Dean. In looking towards moving to VT, I heard people complain about the condition of roads there… even their dirt roads are in better condition than most of Providence.