East Bay Bike Path could be impacted by repair projects

Sections in Riverside, Bristol may need to be closes temporarily

Posted 7/16/22

PROVIDENCE — Parts of the East Bay Bike Path in Bristol and Riverside could be impacted by repair projects and temporarily close the week of July 18-22 , according to the Rhode Island …

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East Bay Bike Path could be impacted by repair projects

Sections in Riverside, Bristol may need to be closes temporarily

Posted

PROVIDENCE — Parts of the East Bay Bike Path in Bristol and Riverside could be impacted by repair projects and temporarily close the week of July 18-22 , according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Asphalt repair could cause a possible lane closure on Crescent View Avenue in Riverside. In Bristol, the Bristol County Water Authority is installing a new water main, which could result in a partial closure of the path just south of Aaron Avenue in Bristol.

According to DEM, tree root growth underneath the bike path has caused “pavement heave” on the section requiring repairs in Riverside. Ruts have formed with the compacted roots forcing the pavement to lift and crack, creating safety concerns for bike path users. The repairs on the path will be between Crescent View Avenue and Lincoln Avenue and drivers should be aware that this could result in traffic back-ups.

The BCWA plans to install a new water main to connect the northern end of Shore Road to the western end of Aaron Avenue in Bristol. This will require a trench of around 400 feet long to be installed in a bike path right-of-way. While most of the work will be completed using safety fencing and maintaining full use of the bike path for pedestrians and cyclists, there will be some days when partial closure of the path will be required. During these times, BCWA will maintain alternating pedestrian traffic in the work zone with lane closure detail from DEM’s Division of Law Enforcement.

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