Mayor launches design competition for pedestrian bridge

Providence, R.I. – The Providence Mayor's Office and Rhode Island Department of Transportation have announced a design competition to build a new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River.

The proposed bridge would replace the old I-195 highway bridge, which is scheduled for demolition next year. According to Mayor Cicilline, the bridge will be a landmark for Providence and for the region.

"I really do think this is going to be one of the most important public works projects of this generation," Cicilline says. "It's going to be something so visible to the residents of the city and a real opportunity to connect two parts of the city and give people a really wonderful pedestrian experience."

The bridge will link the Fox Point and College Hill neighborhoods to Downcity's waterfront parks. The preliminary design competition opens Friday and closes September 17. Ten finalist proposals will be displayed in City Hall and open to community feedback.