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Crosswalk approved for Newport’s Americas Cup Avenue

The State Traffic Commission has approved the installation of a crosswalk at the intersection of Thames Street and America's Cup Avenue.

Acting on a request submitted by Rep. Peter Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), the State Traffic Commission has approved installation of a crosswalk on Americas Cup Avenue in Newport, at the intersection of Thames Street, just south of the Brick Market Place.

The RI Department of Transportation expects the crosswalk work can be completed by the spring of 2013. It will include signalized pedestrian lights that will work in conjunction with the currently existing traffic lights at the same location.

Representative Martin, a former secretary of the Newport Planning Board and former chair of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, attended the STC meeting in support of the crosswalk request and other proposals for Newport that were considered. He said approval of the crosswalk was especially pleasing in light of the recent enactment of the “Complete Streets” bill that he sponsored in the House. The new law requires DOT, as it addresses transportation needs, to include non-vehicular improvements such as pedestrian infrastructure, traffic calming measures and bicycle and mass transit accommodations.

The STC ordered a design study on a proposal to rebuild the railroad crossings on the Newport Secondary Line at Elm Street and Poplar Street, to include accommodations for pedestrians and bicycles.

The STC also issued a contract for a review of the design of Memorial Boulevard, based on a request from the Newport City Council following the of Middletown, who died after he was struck by a car while biking on Memorial Boulevard earlier this year. The DOT indicated that because the project will be limited to road markings, the project can be completed by the end of August, pending a review by Newport city officials.

The panel also took under consideration a request for a crosswalk on Memorial Boulevard at Thomas Street, to provide another safe crossing place along the road between Spring Street and Bellevue Avenue.

Sandra J. Flowers, PhD July 19, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Thanks to Peter and all who see safety of pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists as paramount in importance. Enforcement must follow.
Tom July 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Maybe they will do some maintenance to this crosswalk unlike the expensive one put in front of city hall. I haven't seen the lights shine on that crosswalk in years since the lights in the roadway were full of dirt I could not tell if the lights still work. Just another thing the city wasted our money on.
Elaine Cascio July 20, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Wonder when the city is going to put crosswalks back on Kay St? I've contacted them but no response.
Ross Cann October 04, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Even better than crosswalks would be cutting the America's Cup roadway from four lanes to two with HOV/ Bike lines taking the place of the former vehicle lanes. This road is scaled like a high speed divided highway and that is how cars use it, which is where the danger comes from. Check out the Washington Square Community Charrette on October 19-20 to help give your input on these sort of important issues!

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