Rhode Island DOT Announces Start of Work on Broadway Project in Newport
NEWPORT, RI The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), in partnership with the City of Newport, announced work is beginning on the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project, a $5.8 million contract with Cardi Corporation to resurface the roadway and upgrade pedestrian facilities. The project was designed using Complete Streets principles; the state's Complete Streets Law requires that all federal- and state-funded road construction projects equally consider motor vehicles, bicyclists, public transportation, and pedestrians.
In addition to roadway repairs, the project will upgrade sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, and landscaping along one of Broadway's most heavily traveled sections, between Farewell Street and Bliss Road. Funding for the project was made possible through federal sources, including Safe Routes to School, in addition to the Rhode Island Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund.
"With this partnership, funds from the Municipal Road and Bridge Fund are put into action," Governor Gina Raimondo said. "This project does exactly what this infrastructure fund was designed for - it puts our construction crews back to work and revitalizes our economy. This partnership is a great step towards moving Rhode Island forward."
"I'm glad to see the state and the City of Newport collaborating on the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project to enhance walkability and better connect pedestrians with this historic and scenic neighborhood. These improvements will be beneficial not only for visitors and residents, but for the small businesses that power the local economy in the Broadway community. I will continue to push for federal funding, which is essential for road construction projects across the state," said U.S. Senator Jack Reed, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development.
"We are excited to be working collaboratively with the City of Newport on this project," RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said. "It is efforts like this that demonstrate what's possible when local and state forces come together to propel our state forward and improve safety on our roads. The final result will be something that complements the character of the city, supports the local economy, and improves access for all users."
Over the course of the project, work will take place on two separate sections of Broadway, between Farewell Street and Bliss Road. The northern portion of the road will be resurfaced while the southern half is scheduled for a more in-depth reconstruction and pedestrian upgrades. The project may require temporary restrictions - as well as a permanent traffic pattern change between Marlborough Street and Farewell Street; this to support increased pedestrian circulation and additional parking.