Washington Bridge Linear Park Opens

Just on Saturdays and Sundays to begin with — but hooray. This is going to be very cool. RIDOT hopes to finish by late June. (Work has been delayed due to the worst winter in history.)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will open the new linear park on the historic Washington Bridge in Providence on weekends beginning Saturday, May 2; this to allow the public to take advantage of the spring weather and enjoy the new bike path as soon as possible.

As part of this project, the original bike path – which was closed in 2012 for rehabilitation – has been transformed into an 11-foot bikeway with a separate 7-foot walking path and a center plaza offering scenic overlooks, rest areas, greenery, and information on the history of the bridge and surrounding communities.

When the project wraps up this summer, the new linear park will be dedicated in honor of the late George Redman, an East Providence resident and bicycle advocate who was instrumental in the creation of the East Bay Bike Path 25 years ago. Also very cool . . .  not a politician for once.

Linear Park opens at dawn, 5:41am, Saturday, May 2, Washington Bridge, Gano Street, (map)

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