- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Downtown Newport will be getting a bit of a makeover as work crews begin a nearly $3 million project to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Newport Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that the project on America’s Cup Avenue and Memorial Boulevard is slated to start Tuesday and will continue weekdays through the fall and winter. It’s expected to be finished by late next spring.

Workers will be adding or altering pedestrian crosswalks, installing accessible pedestrian signals, improving crosswalk visibility with signing and striping and installing bike lanes. D’Ambra Construction of Warwick has a $2.8 million contract for the work with the state Department of Transportation.

Crews also will be narrowing driving lanes, improving wheelchair ramps, increasing pedestrian crossing times and replacing curbs to remove tripping hazards.


Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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