RIDOT is transforming the old bikeway across the Washington Bridge between Providence and East Providence into a first-class bikeway and linear park. This project will replace a sub-standard bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.
Through a $21.2 million contract, RIDOT will rebuild the remaining section of the original Washington Bridge that carries the existing, narrow bikeway and a section of the original highway bridge. In the same footprint will be a much wider bikeway and linear park. It will feature a separate bikeway and walking path, scenic overlooks, park benches, flag poles, decorative lighting and landscaped planters.
The project also calls for restoration of the historic, multi-arch granite façade of the Washington Bridge and two operator's houses from which an original drawbridge was controlled at this location.
When opened, the new linear park will be named the George Redman Linear Park after the late East Providence resident who was instrumental in making the East Bay Bike Path a reality 25 years ago, and who advocated for bike path development across the state.
The bikeway, which carries a portion of the East Bay Bike Path, will be closed for approximately two years, reopening in late 2014.
Recreational bike riders heading south on the East Bay Bike Path are encouraged to start their rides at one of the path's many parking areas.