The PVD Great Streets Initiative is based on one guiding principle: that every street in Providence should be safe, clean, healthy, inclusive, and vibrant. Our streets are our largest public asset, covering over 13% of Providence’s total land area (over 1,500 acres), and play a central part in shaping our neighborhoods and impact that the way we live, work, play, and move around our city. From our city’s early days as one of New England’s bustling industrial hubs to today, these streets have helped people move goods, access services, and form community. Our streets are the threads that knit the fabric of our city together, and they can be so much more for all of us.
To kick off the PVD Great Streets Initiative, we hosted 12 community meetings throughout March 2019. During these meetings, we gathered feedback from community members about what Great Streets means to them and particular areas where traffic calming, safety improvements for people walking and riding bicycles, trail connections, and streetscape improvements are needed. Community members were invited to attend any and all community meetings planned throughout the month of March. In May and June community members commented on an online interactive map of proposed improvements, and in mid-June, the draft Great Streets Plan was presented at a public meeting downtown. The feedback from the online map and from that meeting will be integrated into the final plan scheduled for release in January 2020.
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January 2020 Update: Several Great Streets improvement projects are either recently complete or in process for construction this year, including:
- Creation of a new Urban Trail segment along Mt Pleasant Avenue (PUBLIC MEETING JANUARY 28);
- Creation of a new Urban Trail segment along Clifford Street in Downtown (UNDER CONSTRUCTION);
- Creation of a new Urban Trail segment along San Souci Drive behind Olneyville Square as part of the Woonasquatucket Greenway (COMPLETE);
- Creation of a new Urban Trail segment adjacent to Gano Street in Fox Point, connecting the Blackstone Bike Path to India Point Park and the East Bay Bike Path; (COMPLETE)
- New bike lanes on Pine and Friendship streets in Upper South Providence (UNDER CONSTRUCTION);
Neighborhood meetings about upcoming Great Streets projects:
- Mt Pleasant Ave improvements: Tuesday, January 28 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Mount Pleasant High School, 434 Mt Pleasant Ave
- Olneyville improvements: Tuesday, February 4 | 6:00-7:30 PM | D’Abate Elementary School, 60 Kossuth St
What’s proposed: traffic calming and signage as part of neighborhood greenway segments on Delaine Street, Tuxedo Avenue, Amherst Street, and Sonoma Court; safety improvement Manton Avenue from San Souci Drive to Riverside Park including crosswalk and bus stop improvements and a separated two-way urban trail to connect the Woonasquatucket Greenway to Olneyville Square; and an off-road Greenway segment along the Woonasquatucket River behind Gotham Greens.
- Federal Hill improvements: Tuesday, February 11 | 6:00-7:30 PM | West Broadway Middle School
What’s proposed: safety improvements along Broadway including crosswalk and bus stop improvements and upgrading the Broadway bike lanes to a separated two-way urban trail; traffic calming and signage as part of neighborhood greenway segments along parts of Knight, Washington, and Winter streets.
- Downtown improvements: Tuesday, February 25 | 6:00-7:30 PM | 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room
What’s proposed: improvements to ADA and bicycle accessibility of the Riverwalk and Waterplace Basin; extending the Fountain Street bike lane from, Union across Dorrance Street; a two-way urban trail on Empire and Chestnut streets; and a two-way urban trail along a one block segment of Richmond Street between Clifford and Elbow to connect to existing facilities on both ends.
- Smith Hill & Wanskuck improvements: Tuesday, March 3 | 6:00-7:30 PM | Brooklyn Coffee Tea and Guest House, 209 Douglas Ave
What’s proposed: Safety improvements along the Upper Dean Street/Raymond Street corridor between the Woonasquatucket River and Smith Street including crosswalk improvements and a two-way urban trail (including an off-road portion through Davis Park); safety improvements along Douglas Avenue including crosswalks and bike lanes.
- South Providence, Elmwood, and West End improvements: Tuesday, March 10 | 6:00-7:30 PM | Bomes Theater, 1017 Broad St
What’s proposed: Safety improvements along Broad Street including crosswalk enhancements, lead pedestrian intervals at crosswalks, a two-way urban trail, and bus stop improvements in coordination with RIPTA; traffic calming and signage as part of neighborhood greenway segments along Oxford Street, Ontario Street, Sackett Street, Farragut Ave, Vermont Ave, Peace Street, Waverly Street, Fricker Street, and Lockwood Ave.
- South Water St improvements: Tuesday, March 31 | 6:00-7:30 PM | 321 South Main St
What’s proposed: a two-way urban trail and pedestrian safety improvements from Canal Walk to Point/Wickenden Street
Great Streets Documents
- Schedule of neighborhood meetings in March 2019
- Neighborhood meeting presentation in English and in Spanish
- Draft Great Streets Plan
- Presentation from June 12 public presentation
- More documents will be available here as they become available
Alex Ellis, Principal Planner
Stay tuned for additional information!
Whenever possible, the City brings the planning process to existing community gathering places. This includes attending standing community meetings, tabling at special events, and canvassing out in the neighborhood. If you are interested in having City staff or our Street Ambassadors conduct outreach at your event, please contact Alex Ellis at 401-680-8522 or