Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed, Congressman David Cicilline, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr., Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, Federal Highway Administration Rhode Island Administrator Carlos Machado, and I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Chairman Robert Davis officially opened the new Providence River Pedestrian Bridge earlier today. The bridge connects the east and west sides of the Providence River.
According to the Office Of The Governor;
As the Iway (I-195 Relocation) Project neared completion in the early 2010s, the city led a design competition for the bridge. The proposal submitted by the winning architect, Inform Studios, proceeded through numerous reviews, and was selected in 2011. Construction on the bridge began in the fall of 2016 and was completed this summer.
The project makes use of the foundations of the old Providence River highway bridge, but is designed using custom finishes including durable, long-lasting and low maintenance hardwood decks and railings. A special feature is a lower level “terrace” with seating, planters and decorative lighting.
At either end of the bridge is a system of parks RIDOT is building under a separate project that will open later this year. A segment of the parks is currently open to allow pedestrians and cyclists to make use of the bridge.
The project cost for the bridge was $21.9 million and the project cost for the parks is $9.2 million. The projects were funded using land sale proceeds obtained when RIDOT sold the I-195 highway corridor lands to the I-195 Redevelopment Commission.
A memorandum of understanding transferring ownership of the bridge from RIDOT to the City of Providence was signed prior to the opening ceremony. Both the bridge and the parks will be managed and maintained by the City of Providence following construction.