NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — There is now a set speed limit for the entire stretch of the busy Mineral Spring Avenue.
According to North Providence Mayor Charlie Lombardi, the entire road, stretching all the way to Pawtucket, will have a set speed limit of 25 mph. He added that the speed limit will still be 20 mph in school zones.
The speed limit used to fluctuate from 35 to 20 mph. Lombardi said the main reason for the change was to reduce the number of crashes on the road.
According to the Rhode Island Traffic Commission, there were 742 crashes on Mineral Spring Avenue in the last three years, including 189 injuries and two deaths.
“The statistics showed something needed to be done,” Lombardi said.
Marc Castelli, who owns Captain’s Catch Seafood, said he’s seen more than 20 crashes outside of his windows since he opened his business in 1984.
“I got hit leaving my own store,” he said. “I pulled out, someone came down the middle and hit me.”
Those who regularly drive through the area have mixed feelings about the change.
“I thought it was always 25,” Castelli said. “How fast can you go on Mineral Spring Avenue with all the traffic?”
“I think cops might be looking for a money grab, a couple of extra tickets,” Charles Leech said.
Lombardi said he was told by North Providence police that officers will not be engaged in a targeted effort to reduce speeding on Mineral Spring Avenue at this time.
“In no way is this a money grab,” Lombardi said.