Updated November 3, 2016
We've been beating the drum softly for months, but now is the time for ACTION...
support 6-10's best future NOW!
SIGN THE PETITION and open letter to Governor Gina Raimondo backed by a growing list of elected officials,
DONATE $6.10, $61.00, $610 or any amount you can to Fix The 6-10 Coalition's Action Campaign. Fix The 6-10 Coalition is an all-volunteer organization – these funds will be used when needed to support actions that support the best design for the 6-10 Connector.
WBNA and the Fix the 6-10 Coalition are gathering as many signatures as possible from elected officials, neighbors and anyone who cares about the 6-10's future in an open letter and petition to Governor Gina Raimondo. This letter along with an addendum was presented to the Governor on November 3, 2016. Read our signed letter here.
Elected officials who have signed on as of November 3, 2016:
- Senator Paul V. Jabour, District 5, Providence
- Senator Frank A. Ciccone, III, District 7, Providence, North Providence
- Senator Harold M. Metts, Deputy President Pro Tempore, District 6, Providence
- Senator Frank S. Lombardi, Deputy Majority Leader, District 26, Cranston
- Representative John J. Lombardi, District 8 Providence
- Representative Anastasia P. Williams, District 9, Providence
- Representative Joseph S. Almeida, Co-Chair Providence Delegation, District 12, Providence
- Representative Edith A. Ajello, District 3, Providence
- Representative J. Aaron Regunberg, District 4, Providence
- Representative Grace Diaz, Democratic Caucus Chair, Deputy Chair House HEW, District 11, Providence
- Representative Christopher R. Blazejewski, Deputy Majority Whip, District 2, Providence
- Councilman Bryan Principe, Majority Leader, Ward 13, Providence
- Councilwoman Sabina Matos, Council President Pro Tempore, Ward 15, Providence
- Councilman Luis A. Aponte, Council President, Ward 10, Providence
- Councilman Seth Yurdin, Ward 1, Providence
- Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris, Ward 11, Providence
- Councilwoman Carmen Castillo, Ward 9, Providence
The 6-10 Connector is in dire need of replacement, but it's more than just a broken highway. It's an opportunity to fix a long broken approach to highway design, to reduce long-term roadway maintenance costs, to support economic development and better traffic flow, and to improve quality of life and the health of both the surrounding communities like Federal Hill, West End and Olneyville, and for commuters and those areas of the State lying further out.
It is for all these reasons and more that the Fix The 6-10 Coalition and WBNA are advocating for Governor Gina Raimondo and RI Department of Transportation to STOP the fast-tracking of the 6-10 Connector, and to instead shore up the highway's most vulnerable bridges while pursuing the best design possible.
This best design could incorporate citizen input from the City of Providence, our neighborhoods and other affected communities, and could hold the most benefits for Rhode Island economically, socially and environmentally.
Rhode Island has suffered for too long from short-sightedness and reactiveness. We have before us an opportunity to be innovative, to do the right thing by the communities adjacent to 6-10, and to take advantage of the enormous potential in an infrastructure project as large and important as rebuilding the 6-10 Connector.