Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence) who for years has been working closely with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to help ensure this project moves forward set up the tour with RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis to highlight the continued improvements led by RIDOTs project team.
It was great to have our entire congressional delegation and governor in the district asking questions about the incredible progress we have made in the Elmwood neighborhood, said Senator Pichardo. The infrastructure along Elmwood Avenue is coming along. When were done, the residents of this area will be proud of our investment. I believe it will help drive economic development into the neighborhood and provide a better quality of life overall.
During Mondays tour, Director Lewis and R.I. Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) CEO Ray Studley provided a general overview of the recent infrastructure and transit-related improvements made for this third phase of revitalization along Elmwood Avenue. Governor Chafee, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and U.S. Reps. David Cicilline and James Langevin were present for the event. State Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence) also attended.
RIDOT has been working to improve 2.1 miles of road along Elmwood Avenue through a $5.6 million contract with DAmbra Construction since July. The project includes resurfacing, curbing, and significant improvements to sidewalks, landscaping, drainage and traffic signals. This is one of three construction contracts that have helped shape a brighter, more bustling Elmwood Avenue district. These contracts represent a total investment of more then $10 million along nearly 4 miles of road.
RIDOT officials said the expected completion date for the final project is in October 2014.