PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Your daily commute through Providence may be a whole lot bumpier.
In an effort to curb speeding in the capital city, a number of “speed lumps” were installed across Providence Thursday.
The lumps, which differ from speed bumps since they don’t extend all the way across the street, were placed at locations identified and reported by concerned residents.
In total, 26 permanent and 45 temporary speed lumps were installed. Mayor Jorge Elorza hopes the lumps will reduce speeding and improve safety citywide.
“This isn’t just a speed bump on the street,” Elorza said as the city unveiled a new “speed lump” on Terrace Avenue. “This is much more about enhancing the quality of life. If you, as a parent, you’re concerned that cars are going to be speeding down the street, then you’re much less likely to let your kids outside and play.”
Elorza said the temporary lumps will be removed in the winter for efficient snow removal.
The initiative is part of Providence Infrastructure Week and was made possible through the city’s five-year capital improvement plan, which prioritizes improvements to public infrastructure.
“Over the next five years, through our capital improvement plan, we propose to invest more than $100 million in public works,” Elorza said.
City leaders said they have heard from residents citywide that infrastructure projects are of the utmost importance to them.
“There are some streets that we try not to put any kind of speed bumps on because they’re heavily trafficked and sometimes, they’re main streets and for security reasons, but we want to pilot it,” Elorza said.
The city is also asking residents to report any potholes they see by calling 311 or using the “PVD 311” phone app. Elorza said those who submit a request for a pothole repair is automatically entered into a contest to win money and other prizes.