Greater City Providence

Clifford Street


I don’t actually know what the process of building a road is, so I’m not sure what it is they are doing here, but someday, this will be Clifford Street.

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.


  • This is exciting. My understanding is that construction and rebuilding of the streets is one of the original I-Way contracts and the work is fully funded. If that is true, are the bonds that the 195 commission will be selling going to fund the improvements outside of the streets, such as parks and other public spaces?

  • Is the idea to make it cut through to Hoppin and over the Friendship St. bridge? I think that bridge in particularly would make a great bike bridge. It would be nice to see Point Street more bikeable over 95 too, but I think that’s less likely to happen, sadly, since the bridge and onramps that they build are new and expensive. But Friendship (which is currently one-way there) could be a great two-way bike-ped bridge, to continue into the South Side.

  • Brendan, the bonds are so that the 195 Commission can buy the land from RIDOT, and RIDOT can use those funds to pay the federal government. Selling the land was part of the budget for the project. Once the 195 Commission owns the land, they will then sell it off over time and use the proceeds in part to pay off the bonds.

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