Thursday, April 12, 2012
Local business owners say they see a difference in sales and daily customers since the one-way roads were implemented and construction began.
Just one week in to the changed traffic patterns and Department of Transportation construction, several businesses located in downtown Bristol say their shops are feeling the pinch. "The traffic is definitely affecting our business," said Barry Schrutt, owner of Photo World, located on Hope Street. "You have to really want to come out to come down here." For a business that has been struggling to stay afloat during trying economic times, Schrutt says now is no time to slow down business. "I understand why they have to do the construction this time of year but the businesses are just coming out of the winter, which is about five bad months of business," Schrutt says. "Now we're going to go into several more months of bad business in a time …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Thames and Hope Streets are officially one way roads through the summer. What do you think of it?
On Monday, Thames and Hope Streets officially turned over to one way roads and will remain one way through the summer while the Department of Transportation works on the Hope Street Project. While some residents may be against change and have pointed out some of the safety hazards including the removal of stop signs on Thames Street, many have spoken up on the Bristol-Warren Patch Facebook page in favor of the new traffic patterns in downtown Bristol. Below, see what residents are saying about the new one ways. Billy Lytle: Fine the way it was but I am open to chaaaaange Steve Martel: I like it Jennifer DeGaetano: They took out 2 stop signs on Thames Street. Candace Casala: I like it. I hope Warren does it! Melissa Leonard: Was very …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The bill would place the new Turnpike and Bridge Division under the direction of an assistant director at DOT.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Rhode Island General Assembly recently announced a new piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Richard Morrison. The bill would essentially dissolve the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and move all of its projects to be handled by a division of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The following is the official release from the Rhode Island General Assembly: If shrinking government and making it more efficient can save taxpayer money, Rep. Richard P. Morrison (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) has a suggestion about where to start. He has introduced legislation that will dissolve the quasi-public Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, moving all its duties and functions to the RI Department of Transportation in a …
Monday, January 23, 2012
How did you spend your snowy weekend?
It seems Bristol and Warren residents not only survived the first snow of 2012, but enjoyed the photo opportunities the snow presented as well! While the National Weather Service had predicted a mere three to five inches of snowfall, many Patch users wrote in with much higher accumulations. Resident Jim Viera said, "all total I think we got close to 10", while a few other users wrote in to say they were measuring near 11" and just under one foot. So how did you spend your snowy weekend? Did you get bundled up and head out for work or play? Did you sit snugly in your home until the snowfall was over? Did you battle the snowflakes on Saturday to shovel your walkways? Upload your photos and use the comments section to tell us how you spent …
Sunday, January 22, 2012
How well did Bristol and Warren handle the first significant snow of 2012?
Is your street clear? Are you still buried? Is your mailbox still standing? As the sun shines, but the deep piles of snow remain, we want to know how you grade your town's response to this week's major snowstorm. Does the town get an A? B? C? F? Tell us what you think below in the Comments section.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Parking bans in Bristol and Warren are in effect until further notice
According to the National Weather Service, heavy snow will continue to fall through Saturday afternoon causing treacherous travel conditions. As of 12:45 p.m. travel conditions on Metacom Avenue and Hope Street are slow. Snow continues to cover main roadways and side streets making it increasingly slippery and difficult to travel on. Police urge commuters to use caution while driving. Bristol Police imposed a parking ban effective at 10 am on Saturday and Warren Police imposed a parking ban effective at noon on Saturday. Both parking bans are in place until further notice. Do you have travel updates or photos of the road conditions in Bristol and Warren? Upload, email or text photos to Sara.Bagwell@patch.com or 835-8843 or send us a tweet …
Patch put together a list of a few local residents who can plow, snow-blow, or dig you out of the storm.
With the expected snowfall, Bristol and Warren residents may be looking for help with snow removal. So we found a few snowplow drivers and shovelers who are willing to help – for a price. Do you offer snow plowing/shoveling/blowing services? Let us know in the comments section. Don't forget to include your price and contact information so residents can get ahold of you!
Bust out the rulers and cameras and tell us how much snow you have in your yard.
According to the National Weather Service, Bristol and Warren is expecting to get another estimated three to six inches of snow by the end of the day on Saturday. So get your rulers ready (hopefully you won't need a yard stick) and let us know how many inches you have gotten in your neighborhood. Don't forget to tell us what street you are on so we can see what areas of Bristol and Warren got the most snow. We ask you to help us cover this story by sending us your photos of the storm to be featured on the site. E-mail photographs (with location) to Bristol-Warren Patch Editor Sara Bagwell at email@example.com or text them to 835-8843.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Residents continue to voice opposition to this plan even after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority tabled its talks Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority board of directors voted unanimously to table a discussion on a proposal to ask the General Assembly to approve tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge. The board voted to postpone this discussion until its next meeting on Feb. 8. However, local residents are still voicing opposition to this proposal. The following comments were made this week on Bristol-Warren Patch's Facebook page: Paul Mancieri of Leo's Ristorante wrote, "Tolls on the bridge would be a disaster. It's a local bridge not one traveled heavily by out of staters. This would be another form of taxation that in these times is not warranted." Dale Aubrey wrote, "there must have been a reason why they got rid of them in the …
Show us if you woke up to a mini winter wonderland or if you just had to sweep the dusting of snow off of your car.
Did you find a light coating of snow on your grass this morning? Did you have to whip out the de-icer and snow scraper to clean off your car? Shortly after the first snowflakes fell on Thursday night, we asked Facebook users whether they thought they would be waking up to a mere dusting or a couple of inches of snow. Christine Turgeon Thivierge said she was expecting "just enough for a messy commute in the morning," while Rebecca and Linda Oliveira suggested that it would only be a dusting. For some residents, due to the unseasonable dry and warm winter season, the snow may be a welcomed sight. Use the comments section and the photo uploader to show us what you woke up to this morning.