Work to rebuild about 65 miles of streets across the city begins in South Providence.
Mayor Angel Taveras and Councilman Luis A. Aponte (Ward 10) kicked off the Providence Road Improvement Project this morning on Gallup Street in Lower South Providence.
The Improvement Project will rebuild and repair approximately 65 miles of roads, or one out of every six roads, in Providence.
"I am excited that work has begun to repair streets across our city. This road improvement project is a big step forward for Providence. Our roads are in bad shape. We can't afford to wait any longer to make this important investment in our city's infrastructure," said Mayor Taveras.
This phase of the work, which will be completed by contractors JH Lynch and T. Miozzi, Inc., will create over one hundred jobs.
"Many of the streets in this community, as throughout the city, are in desperate need of repaving. This project will improve the quality of life for residents, enhance access to local businesses, and transform the appearance of this neighborhood, which is a vibrant mix of residences and small businesses," said Councilman Luis A. Aponte. "This type of capital improvement investment has a broad, long-lasting impact."
The road improvement work is funded by a $40 million bond that was overwhelmingly approved by city voters in November 2012. Roads were selected for repair using the United States Army Corp of Engineers' merit-based analysis.