North Kingstown to receive $2M in federal funds for pedestrian-friendly sidewalks

Sen. Jack Reed (middle) and Department of Transportation director Peter Alviti (left) are seen walking on Post Road in North Kingstown, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (WLNE)

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed secured $2 million in federal funds for new sidewalks in North Kingstown.

The funding are for sidewalks on both sides of Post Road, which is one of North Kingstown’s busiest streets.

Reed said adding sidewalks on that street has been discussed for many years.

“These sidewalks will make Post Road more walkable and give people more options to safely get where they need to go,” Reed said.

The senator said that walkable streets are good for business.

“This is a smart, targeted investment in pedestrian safety and economic development,” he said.

“We will be moving into the design phase right away, and will be working with the town on the design elements for this project which will both replace existing substandard sidewalks and add new sidewalks along these roads,” added Department of Transportation director Peter Alviti Jr.

Town Manager Ralph Mollis explained that although the concept of sidewalks have been thought of for years, the rising cost of the project has made execution difficult.

He expressed gratitude for the funding and how it will help the project move forward. The project is estimated to cost around $8 million.

The Department of Transportation expects construction to begin in the fall of 2024.

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