Now that Broadway is back to two-way traffic, one of the next things for contractors to tackle to button up the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project is the addition of benches and bike racks.

Benches have been quite the controversial subject for local residents and business owners, many of them even petitioned to keep benches out of Equality Park back in July.

After reviewing the petition and listening to feedback, City administration decided that 22 out of the 28 benches that were planned will be installed along Broadway. Many of the benches that didn’t make the cut were near eating areas on Broadway, while benches outside of parks are being moved into parks.

The City Of Newport has stated that all benches will be placed temporarily for now and all benches will have “stadium seating” dividers to minimize people laying down on benches, one of the main concerns of those opposing benches returning to Broadway.

Benches currently planned for;

  • Empire
  • 2 Marlborough
  • 2 city hall
  • 3 subway (2 seater)
  • 7 police station (2 seater)
  • 2 Tilman (3 seater, no back, against fence)
  • 4 Congdon Park
  • 1 Equality

Residents can see where bike racks, benches, trash receptacles and recycling receptacles are going to be placed here –

Ryan M. Belmore

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