Two-way Traffic Returns To Hope Street
A dedication ceremony to mark the reopening is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m.
The traffic nightmare in Bristol is about to become a bit less scary.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced today that Hope Street (Route 114) will return to two-way traffic Friday as the department wraps up curbing and sifewalk repairs.
The reopening marks the completion of work accomplished on Hope Street through a $3 million contract with LAL Construction. RIDOT said it worked closely with the town throughout the project to temporarily rearrange the downtown traffic pattern for the final phase of the project, making Hope Street and Thames Street each one-way. This shift saved nearly nine months of work, DOT announced in a press release.
Workers replaced curbing and sidewalks, repaired drainage lines and catch basins, removed and replanted street trees, installed decorative lighting, and resurfaced the roadway along a 0.6-mile segment of Hope Street from Constitution Street to Thames Street. Additional paving needs to be done before Thames Street can return to two-way traffic. That work is expected to be finished by the end of the month, DOT officials said.
To celebrate the completion of work on Hope Street, the DOT and the town will host a dedication event at 10 a.m. on Friday. The event will take place on the sidewalk adjacent to the Bristol Visitor Center’s Burnside Building, near the corner of Hope Street and Court Street.