The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), in partnership with the City of Newport, announced on April 15, 2015 that work begin on the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project, a $5.8 million contract with Cardi Corporation to resurface the roadway and upgrade pedestrian facilities. The project is designed using Complete Streets principles; the state’s Complete Streets Law requires that all federal- and state-funded road construction projects equally consider motor vehicles, bicyclists, public transportation and pedestrians. Completion is scheduled for Fall 2016.
In addition to roadway repairs, the project is upgrading sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting and landscaping along one of Broadway’s most heavily traveled sections, between Farewell Street and Bliss Road. Funding for the project was made possible through federal sources, including Safe Routes to School, in addition to the Rhode Island Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund.
Over the course of the project, work will take place on two separate sections of Broadway, between Farewell Street and Bliss Road. The northern portion of the road will be resurfaced while the southern half is scheduled for a more in-depth reconstruction and pedestrian upgrades. The project may require temporary restrictions – as well as a permanent traffic pattern change between Marlborough Street and Farewell Street; this to support increased pedestrian circulation and additional parking.
The work from Farewell Street to Cranston Avenue is being completed in phases to minimize the impacts to nearby businesses and reduce the number of parking spaces lost during construction. Crews have concentrated on half of the road at a time, moving from Cranston Street to Farewell Street and then working their way back. Schedule of work is subject to change; RIDOT will make every reasonable effort to accelerate the work where possible.