The planned improvements will be on the stretch of Smith Street from Lyndhurst Avenue to the State House and will include road rebuilding, repaving, new street signs, additional lighting, new crosswalks, tree plantings, and new sidewalks. Since his time on the State Transportation Advisory Commission, Councilman Hassett has been a strong advocate for improving the roads and sidewalks around Smith Street in Providence. I am incredibly proud to be able to assist with these fantastic local projects. I first made the official request for this funding during the administration of my dear friend, the late Governor Bruce Sundlun, who recognized the importance of the promoting the area around our capitol building, explained Hassett. I want to extend my sincere thanks to him, as well as to Governor Chafee, Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis, and everyone else who has worked all these years to make this dream a reality.
This is an incredible opportunity to honor the history of this community and promote its many businesses, said Hassett. Generation after generation, this neighborhood has been home to hard working families. The restaurants and shops on Smith Street today are the most recent incarnation of that tradition. This project will attract more visitors and will solidify Smith Streets identity as the backbone of our capital city.
Councilman Hassett also stressed that this project will make Smith Street safer for both drivers and pedestrians. Installation of new crosswalks, lights, and street signs will significantly improve traffic safety on this major throughway, said Hassett. Since suffering multiple injuries in a hit-and-run accident in 2010, Hassett has become a leading advocate for improved pedestrian safety. This is just the latest in Providences many efforts to make our streets safer for everyone and will help avoid accidents like mine, said Hassett.