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Community Conversation: the Future of the 6/10 Connector

  • Doorley Municipal Building 444 Westminster Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)

Above photo courtesy of Moving Together PVD

IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE
INCREASING TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
RESTORING NEIGHBORHOODS

Please join Mayor Jorge Elorza, distinguished speakers and the Providence community in a public forum to discuss the future of the Route 6/10 Connector.

As many of us know, the Route 6/10 Connector (from Providence Place mall to I-95) is in deep disrepair. Many of us also know that this highway divides the West End and Federal Hill neighborhoods from Olneyville, Silver Lake, Mt. Pleasant and Valley. What you may not know is that the State of Rhode Island is actively considering plans for its overhaul.

With planning underway, there is an opportunity to reimagine how this highway redevelopment is done. There are viable alternatives – possibly cheaper alternatives – to replacing this broken highway with yet another highway. There is potential for deeply positive impacts to this side of the city by redesigning Route 6/10 into a more human-scale, efficient, sustainable, and pedestrian and public transportation friendly mode of transport. There is even the possibility of it becoming a boulevard with green space and bike lanes.

But the City and State need to hear from you. Federal Hill and West End, which border this expansive crumbling highway, have much to gain from a thoughtful, progressive approach to its redesign. Please join the WBNA, a community sponsor of this event, in learning about these alternatives from experts who have redesigned or are in the process of redesigning similar city highways such as Route 34 in New Haven, McGrath Highway in Boston, Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx, New York’s Westside Highway, Milwaukee’s Park East Freeway, and San Francisco’s Central Freeway and Octavia Boulevard.

The WBNA CDC recently received a presentation from James Kennedy, a transportation advocate who promotes an economically and environmentally sustainable approach to Route 6/10's redevelopment through the organization Moving Together PVD. Here are some links to the advocacy work of Kennedy and Moving Together PVD:
     RI NPR
     The Providence Journal
     WPRI and more on WPRI