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RIDOT to Build Dedicated Bike Path on Coddington

Coddington Highway will be converted from a four lane roadway to a three lane

Starting this summer, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will invest $10 million in several safety enhancements to roadways across the state, including the addition of a bike lane in Middletown.

Coddington Highway will be converted from a four lane roadway to a three lane - one lane in each direction and a center-turn lane roadway. Dedicated bike lanes will be added.

The Department is also focused on making improvements to other congested intersections on Aquidneck Island, including the America’s Cup Avenue and Memorial Boulevard corridors in downtown Newport.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the motoring public on the State’s highway system,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “Not only do we encourage good driving habits, such as obeying the speed limit and buckling up, but we are also making an effort to provide better and safer roadways through low cost, high benefit projects.”

The DOT said that additional impovements are in the works for the future. 

tee dee June 02, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Can't we ride bikes on Coddingtin same as other roads without blowing $10 miilion on the Curt Schilling bike path?
Mark Dieterich June 21, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Come on, you can't compare an infrastructure investment that will last a lifetime with a failed video game company! Yes, cyclists can currently ride along Coddington, but is it fun? Is it safe? I'd say definitely no to the first and probably no to the second. The current road is practically a highway. It's marked at 25 mph, but I'd challenge you to find a car actually driving that speed anywhere along the road. What's the $10 million being spent on? The reality is the majority of the cost is repainting the lines for the automobile lanes NOT painting lines for dedicated bike lanes. RIDOT is doing exactly what they should be doing, re-evaluating a roadway when work is being performed and determine whether it can better accommodate ALL road users. I for one applaud them. Using Burma road and having bike lanes on Coddington, will make traversing a good portion of the island bike friendly.

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