BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — A prominent and patriotic roadway in Bristol will soon be getting a much-needed makeover.

Gov. Dan McKee and R.I. Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti held a news conference Wednesday to announce the state has received a $750,000 National Scenic Byway grant, which will be used to make upgrades along the Revolutionary Heritage Byway.

Known for its red, white and blue center line, the six-mile stretch of Hope Street and Ferry Road (Route 114) spans the entire town from north to south and runs parallel to Bristol Harbor. It makes up a large portion of the town’s annual Fourth of July Parade route.

The funding is on top of $1 million that RIDOT has already received and started using, according to Alviti. He said the project will make the roadway “better and safer for everyone” in the coming years. In addition to resurfacing the roadway and sidewalks, the work will include building a new scenic overlook, restoring the seawall, repairing and replacing the drainage systems, addressing ADA issues, adjusting the shoulders for better bicycle access, and greenery improvements.

“We know that Bristol is a special place for Rhode Islanders. It represents the fabric of our entire country,” Alviti added.

McKee and Alviti were joined by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Seth Magaziner and Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos.

Watch the full news conference below.