Newport, RI – On Tuesday, Oct. 30th at 5 p.m. the Department of Public Services will be hosting an informational community meeting at City Hall to provide details and solicit public input on a pair of proposed projects on Bellevue Avenue at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Broadway between Friendship Street and Bliss Road.

As the City continues its efforts to make Newport a more pedestrian-friendly place to live and visit, these two heavily trafficked intersections are being eyed for some much-needed safety improvements, and the City’s Department of Public Services is looking for your input.

Both areas have been the site of pedestrian-involved accidents and were identified during a 2016 Local Safety Assessment Pilot Program conducted in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

On Broadway, the proposed improvements call for:

  • The installation of a new traffic signal system at Friendship Street;
  • New pedestrian crossing equipment with countdown timers;
  • Curb extensions to shorten pedestrian crossings;
  • New in-street signage at Equality Park
  • And a resurfaced roadway between Friendship Street and Bliss Road

Along Bellevue Avenue, the crosswalk in front of the International Tennis Hall of would also receive improved pedestrian signage and sidewalk extensions similar to those in place along Lower Broadway.

The City hopes to break ground on both projects in the Spring of 2019.

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