New bike route established during bridge closing

A new bike route has been established to connect Providence and East Providence during the Washington Bridge Bikeway closure.

The new signed bicycle route uses the Henderson Bridge and a new extension of Waterfront Drive in East Providence.

The new brown and white signs begin at the end of the East Bay Bike Path where it meets Warren Avenue and follow Waterfront Drive up to the Henderson Bridge.

After crossing the bridge, the route follows Angell Street to Butler Street on the East Side of Providence. Final installation of these signs was completed last week.

The Washington Bridge is a key link in the Blackstone to the Bay route and the East Bay Bike Path. RIDOT closed the former bikeway on the bridge to rehabilitate the structure and to build a much wider bike path and linear park.

When it opens next year, it will feature a separate bikeway and walking path, scenic overlooks, park benches, flag poles, decorative lighting and landscaped planters. The project also calls for restoration of the historic, multi-arch granite façade of the Washington Bridge and two operator's houses from which an original drawbridge was controlled.

The new linear park is known as the George Redman Linear Park, after the East Providence resident who was instrumental in making the East Bay Bike Path a reality 25 years ago.