Well, answering my own question, I got this answer from the RIDOT:
The Blackstone River Bikeway project is a joint effort of the RI
Department's of Transportation & Environmental Management (& funded via
the USDOT Federal Highway Administration). The initial planning phase
got underway at DOT in 1984. Basically the design phase of the project
was transferred to DEM, with DOT oversight, as DEM owns significant
segment(s) of the bikeway right-of-way, notably the segments in Lincoln
and Cumberland that have been open for several years.
To my knowledge, plans have not been finalized for the bikeways routing
through Providence. The early planning phase proposed the bikeway using
a signed on-road route from the Washington Bridge (where bikes ramp off
onto Gano) then north on Gano St., to right on Pitman St., to left
Butler Ave., to Blackstone Blvd. to right on Alfred Stone Road to Max
Reed Field in Pawtucket. Over the years there has been opposition from
Blackstone Blvd. area residents to designating the blvd. as an on-road
bike route with signs, arrows, etc.
Additional contact for info. on the Providence segment of the Blackstone
Chris Ise City of Providence, Department of Planning &
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Those darned Blackstone Boulevard residents!!!
From: Brown University Bicycle Commuting List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Laverty, Patrick
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 11:05 AM
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Subject: [BIKE-TO-BROWN] EBBP and BVBP
I just read that the bike path up in my neck of the woods, the
Blackstone Valley Bike Path is scheduled to be connected to the EBBP.
But I can't find any info on the schedule as to when. Does anyone know
how to find that info? If I can get a bike path into Providence, I'd be
truly excited. No more car doors and big trucks!
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