A mural commissioned to mark Rhode Island Hospital’s 150th anniversary was unveiled Tuesday morning in Providence.
Dolphins, whales, harbor seals and an octopus mingle among the blue and violet waves that roll down the walls of the Eddy Street underpass. Artist Kenn Speiser says the waves are meant to have a calming effect on drivers as they buzz by.
Speiser and his team painted during the day for about three weeks, getting plenty of feedback along the way.
Dignitaries including Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the state’s congressional delegation will gather in Providence Monday for groundbreaking on the new Viaduct south replacement project. The viaduct is a nearly 1,300 foot bridge that carries Interstate 95 through downtown Providence.
The Providence viaduct, built nearly 50 years ago, is showing its age. Wooden boards line the underside of the deck to keep crumbling concrete from falling on cars below. And weight limits would have to be next, said state Transportation Department director Michael Lewis.
Commuters who use Route 114 may notice some new information as of Wednesday. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has put up an electronic message board on Route 114 North in East Providence. The sign provides travel time estimates to both I-95 and T. F. Green Airport.