Reshaping Providence

by Corinne S. Bernstein, Asst. News Editor; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 3, Pg. 43-45

Document Type: Feature article


By moving railroad tracks, river banks and several roadways, Providence, Rhode Island is reclaiming some 45 acres in its downtown and capital districts. This public works package is the largest in the state's history. With its $130 million total price tag, Providence's revival includes a plan to reunite its downtown and capital districts, separated for many years by a 20 ft high embankment. The second phase includes projects to reclaim riverfronts, now hidden by pavement masses, and realign roadways to run parallel to these reconfigured rivers. If all goes as planned, river relocation will be complete by 1988. The full reconstruction package, including reshaped roadways, is expected to be in place by 1990. Downtown development is expected to continue into the next decade.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Business districts | Assets | Rivers and streams | Railroad tracks | Rail transportation | River bank stabilization | Islands | Rhode Island | United States

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