Thursday, March 7, 2013
DOT and town officials look at lane reduction on Post Road.
Big changes could be coming to Post Road in the form of a “diet” from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. DOT officials are considering reducing part of the roadway from four lanes to three, with two travel lanes in other direction and a center turn lane. The new configuration would span from Maxwell Drive (just north of Camp Avenue) and stretch down to West Main Street at the entrance of Wickford Village. According to DOT officials who presented the plan to the North Kingstown Planning Commission this past Tuesday, this project could be on the docket as soon as next year. According to North Kingstown Planning Director Jon Reiner, the town has been looking to make changes to that road since before he was hired several years …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Who uses the commuter rail at Wickford Junction?
Wickford Junction commuter rail station has been open since April 2012. So who is using the commuter rail and why? The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has put out a YouTube video called "The Faces of Wickford Junction" featuring interviews with riders who take the commuter rail up to Providence and Boston. Earlier this year, the DOT began to offer free rides to Providence every Wednesday until Feb. 27 as part of its Wickford Wintertine Wednesdays. Learn more about that deal here. Additionally, parking is free at the Wickford Junction and Interlink (T.F. Green Airport, Warwick) parking garages until March 29. Officials are offering free parking to help drivers stay off the roads during poor driving conditions this winter.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
New construction outside town hall will reconfigure the parking situation.
The town beach isn’t the only place in North Kingstown under construction. If you’ve driven past the North Kingstown Town Hall recently, you’ve probably noticed the backhoes, orange traffic cones and crew at work along Boston Neck Road. Come August 23 when the project is completed, the front of town hall is going to look very different. The project, one of four scheduled statewide under the purview of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, will remedy drainage problems along Boston Neck Road. The four projects (including projects in Glocester, Narragansett and Newport) will cost the DOT $1.6 million total. Along with the drainage alterations, the project will inevitably reconfigure the parking area in front of town hall as well …
Monday, June 20, 2011
Quaker Lane will be repaved into a three-lane road for several weeks as part of a trial period.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will be trying a new lane configuration on Quaker Lane, switiching it from four lanes to three later this summer. The road will have two travel lanes and one center turning lane from the Exit 6 Park and Ride to Ten Rod Road. Originally, the DOT planned to take the road down to two lanes as traffic volumes have declined in the past few decades. The move is also aimed at detering speeders. After a May 24 meeting organized by U.S. Rep. James Langevin between the DOT and local business owners, the DOT decided to test out three lanes for a few weeks. “We’ll go back and get feedback after the trial period and hopefully move on to final paving in the fall,” said Bryan Lucier, spokesman for DOT. …