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RIDOT to Close Section of Coventry Greenway for Reconstruction

Bike path project to include new equestrian trail.

 

Update - August 15: According to RIDOT, the project is funded 80 percent Federal, 20 percent State, as is typical with most RIDOT projects. The Federal share is earmarked funding – a total of $15 million in two amounts from Senator Reed and then Senator (now Governor) Chafee.

The same funding would be applied to projects continuing the path westward on the Trestle Trail.

August 10: The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced Friday that it is scheduled to close a section of the Coventry Greenway in Coventry on Monday, August 20, 2012. The path will be closed to all users from Station Street to the area of Town Farm Road, where the path transitions to an undeveloped trail.

RIDOT is closing the path while it reconstructs this 2.7-mile segment of bikeway, which was built by the Town of Coventry approximately 20 years ago. Along with work on the bikeway itself, this $2.6 million contract with Cardi Corporation includes the construction of an equestrian trail that will run parallel to the bike path, beginning just west of where the path crosses Route 117 (Flat River Road). A new parking lot with spaces for horse trailers will be built at the beginning of the equestrian trail.

This section of the path is scheduled to remain closed until the completion of the project in Summer 2013. Because of the nature of work on the narrow right-of-way the path occupies, the Department must close it for the safety of cyclists and other path users.

“The decision to close a bikeway is made only after careful consideration of our options and a determination of how to ensure the safety of path users during construction,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “Unfortunately, in order to complete this project as quickly as possible, we must close the bikeway. We will endeavor to reopen the path as quickly as possible.”

No formal detour route will be established during this closure; however Route 117, which runs parallel to the bikeway for much of its length, is signed as a bike route.

The contract also includes the construction of a spur trail to the and with a new parking area. RIDOT will make improvements on another segment of the bikeway in the Anthony section of Coventry, constructing a shade structure and a canoe launch on the Pawtuxet River near the intersection of Pilgrim Avenue and Laurel Avenue. Temporary closures may be needed in this area during construction. Another section of the bikeway near Whitford Street and the West Warwick town line also will be subject to brief closures for drainage repair. 

Segments of the bikeway may reopen sooner as construction on individual sections is completed. Project updates and a map of the affected area can be found on RIDOT’s website at www.dot.ri.gov/bikeri.

Those with questions can contact RIDOT’s Customer Service office at 401-222-2450 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

John D. August 10, 2012 at 05:08 PM
An equestrian trail? Really?
Stephanie Caldwell August 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
awesome!
L O L August 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
WHAT A WASTE OF OUR MONEY....2.6 MILLION DOLLARS? Are you kidding me???? My blood pressure is skye high AGAIN!!!
John August 10, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Wow another tax dollar waste
Jim August 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM
If this story broke on April 1st, I would say Wow, pretty good April Fool Joke, because there is no plausible explanation. Where is the outrage from our local state reps! The closure takes place with several good weather months ahead and the plans do not include extending the current path just rebuilding what is already there! Wow, just another reason to abandon this state, unless you are a horse,
Dana Rostron August 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM
so ,,, now we need a horse trail in town....? how about they finish the UNFINISHED area west of that and add an "equestrian " trail oh... wait.......that would make sense... and cost less money, less agrivation and give more to the town and state TAX PAYERS to utilize.... again R.I> politics at its BEST.....
Dana Rostron August 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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Dana Rostron August 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM
JUST WANTED ALL TO SEE WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU POST THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR "WONDERFUL STATE" SOMEONE POSTS A "FLAG OF INAPPROPRIATE" AND HAS IT REMOVED! THE TRUTH MUST REALLY HURT! SHOWS OUR GREAT STEPS TOWARDS THE CONSTITUTION.... LETS SEE HOW LONG THIS ONE LASTS ????????????????????? ABOVE IS THE EMAIL THAT MY ORIGINAL WAS POSTED ///////
Dana Rostron August 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM
A HORSE TRAIL WOULD CREATE MORE ORGANIC WASTE. PEOPLE COMPLAINE ABOUT DOG WASTE AT LEAST WE PICK OURS UP. I WANT TO SEE THE RIDER STOP TO PICK UP THEIR ANIMALS WASTE WITH A SHOVEL AND BUCKET NOT JUST A LITTLE "BAG". ANOTHER THAUGHT IS THAT THE GEESE ON ARNOLD ROAD WERE SUPPOSIDLY CONTRIBUTING THE THE POLUTION ON TIOGUE LAKE , IF THE HORSE WASTE IS NOT PICKED UP WHAT WILL THAT DO TO JOHNSONS POND? MAYBE DEM WOULD NEED TO CONTROL THIS? LETS CALL AND ASK?
Katie Rostron August 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
This is crazy! They have signs everywhere about picking up dog poop, who is going to pick up the horse poop? They don't exactly make doggy-poop-pick-up bags that big! Also, what about Johnson's Pond? The horse poop will surely pollute parts of it. To add onto that, there aren't that many horses in central Coventry anyways. They're all in the Summit area of Coventry, and the path doesn't even go that far. Waste of money in my oppinion.
Alice M Gorton-Honey August 12, 2012 at 04:01 AM
This may be a Federal Grant as was the original Greenway project.
John August 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Makes no diffirence to the 99% of the people that will never use it and will have to fund it after it is compleated. its just another waste of taxpayer money point blank.
Mark August 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Why the negativity? Here are some positive ways to look at this. I tried to find out how this is being funded, but no luck. To be sure it is not coming out of the pockets of Coventry taxpayers. It is a state operation, and I suspect there may be some federal money backing it. In any case its a good thing for Coventry. Why? Because it brings people from other areas of the state who may not have access to a bike path or horse trail. And while they are in town? They will spend money! Re; the horse trail and poop. They make horse diapers for just such a thing, think of parades, or horse drawn carriages in cities. An ordance could be created to make sure people who use the trail outfit thier horses with one. Re; redoing this particular section, since it was built 20 years ago, it may not comply with safety regulations in place today. Have you been on some of the newer parts of the path? They have retractable anti vehicle posts, so that in an emergency rescue vehicles can enter the path. This section of path in Coventry does not have retractable posts. Just my 2+ cents. Look on the bright side!
Jim August 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Mark; I always consider myself as someone who tries to see the glass as half full BUT not this time. Regardless of the funding source, the project is paid for by taxpayers not private sector businesses. In an era of fiscal restraint and budgetary woes across the state and beyond, the 2.4 million being used to REDO the existing bike path is wasteful spending. There is nothing drastically wrong with the existing path but due to the construction NO ONE will be allowed to use this for a year, so much for your theory of attracting visitors in fact this will have an opposite effect. For the sake of a small handful of folks who MAY choose to use this as a horse trail, it strikes me as ill conceived. If, the existing path was being extended (as I believe many folks would like) vs. just ripping it up and taking a year to rebuild it, I would be a strong advocate for this project. Sorry this time, the glass is empty.
Lauren Costa (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 04:58 AM
For those curious about this project's funding, please see the August 15 update at the top of this article.
Karen Cole September 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Once again Governor Gump strikes again! There are a lot of road repairs to be done. This is another waste of tax payers money.
Kimberly September 07, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Once again I find myself putting my bike in my car and heading to the East Bay Bike Path to enjoy a more scenic view and not the smell of horse POO! As a resident in the town of Coventry who uses the Greenway frequently and waited years for the completion of pavement in the section between Coventry and West Warwick. Which if I remember right has been completed for only 1.5 short years (if that) to find that once again I can't use a completed Greenway. What a disappointment! What a wasted of RIDOT federal and state money. Does anyone from the RIDOT and members of our government drive????? I know many local roads that need repair and plenty of side streets that could use sidewalks for the safety of our school children and residents that like to walk to the Greenway for daily exercise. Who really is going to drive their horse to a horse trail? How have these horses been getting exercise all these years? I really wonder if they are missing out!
Barbara September 08, 2012 at 03:59 PM
A horse trail, Really. I have to disagree with the responsible dog owner who picks up her dogs waste. Most dog owners DO NOT pick up after their animals. I can't wait to be dodging the Horse waste. I'm really disappointed at my town once again for a ridiculous decision that is probably politically based for someone that knows one person who wants to use the BIKE path for their horse, and also for shutting down the bike path at the most beautiful time of the year. Especially when it is used as a daily exercise route for a lot of residients not just for the one person who may bring their horse out for a trot. Jeez! people really, what a lot of wasted time and energy. How about you put that energy into the laural street bridge thats needed to be fixed for the past three years so we can use the other half of our town. I can just imagine how long this project will take. I doubt we'll be able to use our bike path for the next five years.
Stephanie Caldwell September 09, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Wah. Wah wah wah is all I can say to the "high horse" cyclists bashing this project. The Coventry Greenway, aka bike path, isn't just for you cranky cyclists who would prefer to have the road to themselves. It's for pedestrians, joggers, runners, dogs, roller bladers, kids on scooters and skateboards, babies in strollers, and now people on horses. It's less than 3 MILES that you are being asked to sacrifice and share. The last 3 miles before the path turns to dirt. Although I have to say I'm not surprised with all the negative reactions, seeing that 7 out of every 10 people on a bike act like everyone else should get out of their way out there. (except for that really nice cyclist that stopped to talk to me yesterday about the path closing) Big deal, 3 miles, that's what, all of 10 mins of your ride? I'm happy to have the horses and their riders. And I hope it improves business for the local farms who can expand their trail rides now. There's not a lot of place to ride for free in this state, I think it's nice that Coventry will be able to advertise that as part of this town now. It's not like their building a skate park in the middle of the path or anything. And the Laurel Street bridge has been under construction since the spring. Even though I wish that had started at least a year ago
Denise Fusco September 09, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Our schools have inadequate septic, roofing and heating systems. There are children in our town going to bed hungry at night. Many families are struggling to pay their mortgage and high taxes. And some one at RIDOT thinks a horse trail is a good idea????? Seriously RI get a grip!!! I too am a fairly positive person, but there is nothing positive about this crazy waste of tax payers hard earned $$$.
Stephanie Caldwell September 09, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I agree, it would be nice if our government would help those in hard times, but our friends in Congress seem to think that social assistance is socialist and unacceptable in this country. Which is a shame... Hopefully the trail project can redeem it's self with the employee's hired to work on it and anyone in the area that can benefit from it.
Uncle Bobee March 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Prepare to fill that glass !!!!! What ARE those large blue pipes they are installing ?? They appear to be 8-10 " pipes for water (?) ! Are they going to have horse-drinking fountains ???

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