Providence begins $40M road paving project

Mayor Angel Taveras and Councilman Luis Aponte announced the start of the Providence Road Improvement Project on Friday morning in the lower south side of the city.

The work began along Gallup Street.

The estimated $40 million project is set to help improve about 65 miles of streets throughout the city.

The project comes on the heels of the approval of a 20-year bond that was approved by voters in November.

"It's extremely significant when you're putting dollars back into the local economy," Aponte said. "People are going to buy things and shop locally. Those are the types of things we want."

The city's annual price tag is estimated to be around $2.9 million over the life of the bond.

Besides the work being done on Gallup Street, several neighborhoods off of Allens Avenue are tabbed to be next in line for road improvements.