- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A community group is planning to float a balloon bridge over the Providence River to help people imagine what a future pedestrian bridge might look like.

The group Building Bridges Providence has been pushing for a public riverside park and pedestrian bridge connecting Providence land made available by moving Interstate 195.

The group’s website invites the public to show up at 10 a.m. Saturday, at 200 Dyer St., to help build the balloon bridge.

The Providence Journal reports that plans for a real pedestrian bridge are also moving forward.

The state has awarded a nearly $17 million construction contract to Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, of Holyoke, Mass., the lowest of seven bidders that sought to build the long-awaited pedestrian bridge that would connect downtown with the Fox Point neighborhood.

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