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Pinpoint Traffic Blog: Bike Path Facelift, When & What’s Being Done

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Once it finally starts to feel like springtime around here many people will come out of their winter hibernation and get outside for some fresh air.

Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer, especially with snow possible again next week, according to Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello.

The East Bay Bike Path is one of the Ocean State’s most popular bike paths with roughly 900,000 people using it annually.

The rough winter weather has taken its toll on the path leaving it cracked and covered in debris.

This week, the RIDOT started making repairs cutting back brush and patching cracks.

The total cost of the project is $1.4 million and will also include paving and re-striping – scheduled for later in the season.

The beautiful scenic multi-town path stretches 14.5 miles between Providence and the East Bay.

The scenic path starts at Independence Park in Bristol and ends in Riverside Square in East Providence.

For those of you looking to pound the pavement, good news, the pathway will remain – with only brief daytime closures where crews are working.

No work will take place on the weekends. The project should be completed in late June.

The popular bike path was completed in four different phases from 1987 to 1992.

  • 1987 – Phase 1: Riverside Square to Barrington County Road (4.17 miles)
  • 1989 – Phase 2: County Road, Barrington, to Franklin Street, Warren (2.38 miles)
  • 1990 – Phase 3: Franklin Street, Warren, to Independence Park, Bristol (3.87 miles)
  • 1992 – Phase 4: Riverside Square to India Point Park, Providence (3.98 miles)

The repairs to the bike path are part of Governor Gina Raimondo’s RhodeWorks initiative.

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