Crook Point Bridge: Beloved or a Bother?

In early September, a large group of Fox Point neighbors met to discuss plans by the State of RI to demolish the Crook Point Bascule Bridge, the 100+ year-old railroad bridge that has been frozen in the “up” position since the 1970s and which many East Siders consider iconic. Opinions on the demolition, which according to the state’s Transportation Improvement Plan would not occur until 2025 or ’26, were divided. One neighbor characterized the bridge as a “unique communal resource” and suggested creating a bike-pedestrian bridge with its remnants to unite the communities of Providence and East Providence. Another described the structure as beloved by neighbors and visitors alike—as demonstra

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