Take A Walk, Ride A Bike

The sidewalks along Gano Street that pass under the Washington Bridge (I-195 and the Linear Park bike path) and that final stretch of the bike path headed towards India Point have been completed. This will make things a little less chaotic on the Fourth of July, and safer all the time.

The path still crosses the I-195 exit ramp onto Gano Street, an intersection which is controlled by a traffic light. Eventually, RIDOT would like to eliminate this exit which would make the path continuous. However, local businesses and residents have been pushing back against this idea.  Edward Fitzpatrick writes in the Globe:

During a tour of state highway projects last week, DOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. told the Globe that the department has commissioned two separate traffic studies that will help decide the fate of the Gano Street off-ramp, which closed in August 2018 but reopened Oct. 17.

As of Wednesday, 1,062 people had signed an online petition opposed to permanently closing the ramp. Opponents include the owners of the Central Meat Market, Silver Star Bakery, and the Simple Pleasures boutique, which sells candlesticks.

This new section of bike path now curves east, away from the street and towards the river, leaving a fair amount of real estate in between. Standing beneath the bridge you can clearly see that it really is three separate spans.

Below is the overview of the new configuration. India Street now connects more smoothly into Gano Street where there is now a zebra crossing.

Narragansett Beer is planning a new microbrewery and beer garden off to the bottom right in this photo on that tiny segment of Tockwotton Street behind the hotel. For more on that go here.

 

 

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