Phase 3 Underway

After much anticipation, progress on Phase 3 of the Bike Path, connecting Wakefield to Narragansett, is underway! The project was officially advertised on January 13th, with the Bid Opening scheduled for February 3rd. This should put the Phase 3 ground breaking sometime in early summer. Check back for updates!

14 Responses to “Phase 3 Underway”

  1. Ken says:

    In correspondence with DOT engineer, Mike Gannon, he stated that the winning bidder (Fleet Construction I think) would be given a go ahead to start construction in early May, provided an assessment of flood damage and other factors does not delay the project.

    Have you any other update or have any more knowledge of which side of new section they will start constuction?

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for your interest in the next phase of the bike path Ken. We are in the process of getting in touch with Mike Gannon for an update on when construction will officially start. The next phase will continue from where the bike path currently ends at route 108 in Wakefield and continue onto Mumford Street In Narragansett across from the elementary school. This will finally connect Wakefield to Narragansett through the old rail road tunnel under Route 1 which should be a huge improvement, giving bikers an off-road alternative to the busy intersections they are now forced to use. The alignment of the fourth phase is presently being studied by the town officials of Narragansett. We will let you know when we have any additional information.

  3. Andy Morris says:

    I’m not sure Ken’s question was properly understood. He asked at which side of new section (phase 3) will construction begin. I think he was asking whether construction will start on South Kingstown side (MacArthur Blvd.) or at Narragansett side (Mumford Rd). If he wasn’t asking that, I am: do you know what the plan is?
    I live in Wakefield and have, for the past seven years, been eagerly awaiting the opening of the final stretch of path to The Atlantic!

  4. admin says:

    Phase 3 is going to be relatively short–less than a mile. Because of this it is likely that they would complete each phase of construction along the entire length of the path at one time, rather than in sections. Once construction begins, progress will probably be evident on both ends fairly immediately.

  5. Ken says:

    Does anyone have an update on this? Repeated attempts to reach Mike Gannon (DOT) have not been answered. One would think that in a small way this adds stimulus funds to SK and would ultimately attract more visitors during the summer months. Ironic that we have a funded project and can’t seem to get it off the ground!

  6. admin says:

    Hi Ken,

    Sorry to take so long to respond to your question, but we just recently heard back from Mike Gannon. Here is his response:

    “I was just told that the contractor is going through the final stages of
    Post Qualification and Contract Award should occur within two weeks.
    Typically, the Notice To Proceed is given to the contractor shortly
    thereafter (1-2 weeks).”

    We will continue to inform you of any updates.

  7. Ken says:

    Thanks for the update!

    I hope these dates hold, as we have heard this before. The qualifier “typically” in relation to this project means it will be typically late on promised start.

    I also hope that the first time we get to use it we don’t need cross country skis!

  8. Josh says:

    I couldn’t find any specific information on Phase III — how will it cross Rt. 1?

  9. nancy gwizdowski says:

    Mike,

    we live in the brick ranch at the entrance on macarthur blvd. please pass the word along to all the contractors completing the bike path we are very pleased with their performance. everyday i review work being done bordering my property, i could not be pleased more. knowing in the near future it will be a safe and pleasant ride to the beach, instead of risking my life by way of the rotary!

    To that end Steve and I want you to know that we are pleased with the freindliness and professionalism that is displayed by your entire staff at every level. Keep up the good work!

    Thanks Nancy and Steve

  10. SK Resident says:

    Great job, I don’t see much about SK Parks and Recreation Dept. on the site. They are instrumental in removing vandalism, downed trees, etc. They have done a wonderful job and were and still are instrumental in keeping this bike path up to the standards people want.
    I see the Bike Path and South County Tourism Links, but no link to the department/municipality that does most of the work and upkeep. Perhaps they should be listed?

  11. admin says:

    Thanks for your input, and for reminding us of all the great work that the Parks and Recreation Department do to help maintain the bike path. We’ve added a link for them on the site.

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