Phase 4 Funding in Place
A little more than a mile remains to complete the William C. O’Neill South County Bike Path from the Kingston Station to the Narragansett Town Beach, and funding is now in place to finish the bike path with an entirely off-street route through Canonchet Farm. Construction of the path was begun in 2000 using the easement of the former Narragansett Railroad through the Great Swamp, Peace Dale and Wakefield, and with the completion of Phase 3 in 2011, to Mumford Road near the Narragansett Elementary School.
Applications submitted by the Friends of the South County Bike Path and the Town of Narraganset have resulted in budgeting for the final segment of the bike path in the state’s 2017-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), with funding beginning this year for design and construction of the final segment of the path using an “off-road route through Canonchet Farm.” However, the project is phased over the next six years with funding in the out years less certain.
The Green Economy Bond approved by the voters in November 2016 represents a second funding source that may accelerate completion of the path. The R.I. Department of Environmental Management is now reviewing proposals for completing and connecting bikeways around the state including the South County Bike Path.