More Progress with the Green Economy Bond, Narragansett Town Council

In our March 22 post, we discussed the award of the $750,000 Green Economy Bond Grant to the Town of Narragansett to design and construct a portion of the final segment of the South County Bike Path (aka Phase 4A).

With the start of the new fiscal year (July 1, 20 17) the town has moved forward on this project. At its regular meeting on Monday, July 17, the Town Council formally accepted the Green Economy Bond grant of $750,000 and authorized Town Manager Jim Manni to sign an agreement with the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM).

A second agenda item awarded to the lowest bidder, DiPrete Engineering, a contract for Professional Engineering, Land Surveying, Permitting and Design Services for Phase 4A of the Bike Path.

Just to repeat the description of this segment of the South County Bike Path:

The funded project, dubbed Phase 4A, includes three components:

  • Provide a safe crossing at Mumford Road where the South County Bike Path currently ends at Mumford Road in Narragansett.
  • Construct the first 1,375 feet of the proposed off-road route through Canonchet Farm to the Narragansett Town Beach. This portion begins at Mumford Road and travels on town property behind the Narragansett Elementary School schoolyard and the adjacent athletic field to a point where the remainder of the Phase 4 route turns northeast to travel on the grade of the SeaView Railroad and through Canonchet Farm.
  • Construct a 375-foot bike path along the east side of the athletic field to the Narragansett Community Center parking lot.

With the loop around the school property, bicyclists and walkers will have a safe entrance to the bike path, enjoy the convenience of public parking spaces and avoid the dangerous vehicular traffic in front of the Narragansett Elementary School. In the meantime, funding for the balance of Phase 4 remains in the 2017-2025 R.I. Transportation Improvement Program.

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