RIDOT Breaks Ground on New Segment of Blackstone River Bikeway in Woonsocket

Saturday, November 11, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team

RIDOT Breaks Ground on New Segment of Blackstone River Bikeway in Woonsocket
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation broke ground on a new segment of the Blackstone River Bikeway in Woonsocket.

The 0.6-mile segment will connect Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket to Meadows Park in North Smithfield.

"This path marks the continued investment and commitment to provide Rhode Islanders with multiple transportation alternatives as part of our RhodeWorks program. All told we have 20 projects representing $74 million of new bike paths in our 10-year plan,” said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr.

The Bike Path

The new bike path will add to the 16.4 miles of the Blackstone River Bikeway RIDOT has built in multiple segments since 1998, making it Rhode Island's second-longest bike path.

Statewide, RIDOT has established a bike path network of over 60 miles in length.

The new bike path is entirely off-road, and includes a 182-foot truss style bridge spanning the Blackstone River between Woonsocket and North Smithfield. It travels on or adjacent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Control System along the river. Construction will take approximately two years, with the new path opening in Fall 2019.

"The expanded Blackstone River Bikeway promotes a physically active, healthy, outdoor lifestyle that individuals and families of all ages can safely engage in. Not only does cycling and walking help the environment by reducing reliance on motor vehicles, but this expanded bikeway will attract tourists through a beautiful section of our City,” said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

The path also connects to the Massachusetts border, and is a short is distance from a new 3.7-mile segment of the Blackstone River Greenway in Blackstone, Mass. It is part of the East Coast Greenway, a proposed national bike path more than 3,000 miles long from Maine to Florida.

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