The Gano Gateway is the last roadway portion of the I-195 redevelopment. The original plan was to realign the road to eliminate the 90-degree bottleneck turn and create bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and new parking underneath the bridge.
RIDOT has now unilaterally defunded the original $2.9M plan to provide capital for the overrun on the pedestrian bridge, leaving only $1M remaining for the Gano St work. The new design does not realign the roadway, leaving a dangerous intersection for pedestrians and bikers trying to cross into the park against a stream of sharply turning cars. The curve was not adequately designed for large vehicles such as school buses and freight trucks, with the latter sometimes needing to negotiate with drivers from the opposite direction.
FPNA rejects this new plan and seeks to work with the Governor and RIDOT on finding creative ways to reallocate funding to the project.
The land made available by rerouting the I-195 highway represents an enormous opportunity for Fox Point. It is our objective to engage with the state, the city, the 195 Commission, and potential developers to ensure that the interests of the community are considered. In June 2018, we submitted a letter of position to the 195 Commission, based on much discussion and debate among neighbors. The letter can be found here. We are excited for the first new projects to begin construction.
Wickenden Street 'Conversation Trees'
Conversation Trees is a collaboration between the Wickenden Area Merchants Association (WAMA), FPNA, the JWU Design Department, and The Steel Yard. We want to build community by creating public spaces that encourage spontaneous conversation and interaction on Wickenden Street, while updating some of the street's tree guards, which are old and in disrepair. Jonathan Harris at JWU has agreed to volunteer students' time and talents to design new tree guards for the street that would have built-in seating and include design motifs representative of Fox Point. The winning design would be produced and installed by The Steel Yard. WAMA and FPNA are currently in the process of seeking funding for this project.
Volunteering in Our Parks
FPNA improves our community's parks through volunteer events every Earth Day. In 2016, our efforts were directed at the Providence River Walk by the Hurricane Barrier which was overgrown with weeds, as well as Gano Park, where we continue in our effort to improve access to the Seekonk River. In addition, FPNA supports the year-round work done by the Friends of India Point Park as they improve the quality of one of our neighborhood's premiere assets.
Bringing Light to Wickenden Street
Wickenden Street suffers from inadequate lighting, which makes the street less attractive at night to potential customers of the businesses. WAMA and FPNA are working together on a plan for how to improve the lighting to achieve a result similar to what is found on Hope Street or Atwells Avenue. The next phase will be to secure funding. This project, along with the Conversation Trees project, are part of our overall theme of improving the infrastructure along Wickenden Street.