WHAT WE WANT
Rhode Island's economy is heating up. We're getting nationwide renown as an eclectic & artistic tourist destination. And now we have the opportunity to show the world that we've shed the shady ways of our past — by building a replacement to the crumbling 6-10 Connector that is innovative and shows we're ready for the 21st Century.
All over the world, people are realizing that highways don't belong in cities. They're unthinkably expensive (just look at Boston's Big Dig), they don't actually solve traffic problems, and they make the neighborhoods they go through poor and sick. We can do better.
We want to do better in Rhode Island's capital city. We want to invest in the sort of places that make Rhode Island great rather than throwing money away on designs from the 1980s. We want to create the trendiest address in the state, rather than perpetuate the cycle of poverty in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Rebuilding a highway in the 6-10 corridor with many large highway ramps will cost at least $400 million, much more than a locally-connected parkway. A parkway will cost taxpayers much less, making resources available for other projects throughout the state. Further, the ongoing maintenance costs of a wider, traditional highway-style option with flyovers will burden our children with billions of dollars of maintenance and replacement costs. A parkway will also unlock dozens of taxable acres for development, improving the region's fiscal health.
Highways actually create traffic jams, both on the highway and in nearby places like Olneyville Square. When you look at all the ways to get where you’re going through Providence, there are usually many routes that are only a few minutes different. Building a parkway in the 6-10 corridor will disperse traffic through those other routes, reducing back-ups.
Connecting the neighborhoods around the 6-10 corridor to each other will have huge economic, public health, and quality of life benefits to people living close to the corridor.
The City's parkway vision encourages more sustainable transportation choices: connecting bike paths, enhancing pedestrian pathways, and making transit connections easier. Traditional highways are disastrous for the environment.
West Broadway Neighborhood Association
RI Bicycle Coalition
Providence Preservation Society
Grow Smart RI
CNU New England
The Armory Revival Company
East Coast Greenway Alliance
The Nature Conservancy
Clean Water Action
All Saints’ Memorial Church
Childhood Lead Action Project
American Institute of Architects – Rhode Island
K9 To 5 Dog Center
Friends of India Point Park
The Fix the 6-10 Coalition thanks Governor Raimondo, Director Alviti, and Mayor Elorza for their hard work these last months, and congratulates them on reaching a new consensus plan for the reconstruction of the 6-10 Interchange. When this process began earlier this year, many residents from the surrounding neighborhoods and civic organizations were concerned with[…]
We’ve recently been hearing some positive signals from Governor Raimondo about the 6-10 Connector, and we’ll continue to work with her administration to advocate for the best solution for this multifaceted project. Today we sent her an open letter, drafted in collaboration with local elected officials who care about how this corridor interacts with the[…]
On October 3rd, the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development released their draft plan for the 6-10 Connector corridor. The plan was the result of multiple public meetings, and was designed in collaboration with the experience consultants working with the City, Utile and Nelson\Nygaard. The draft plan received a warm response, as a[…]
Watch as the construction of the 6-10 Connector destroyed homes in Federal Hill and strangled Olneyville, making it one of the poorest neighborhoods in the state. Now RIDOT wants to do it again. via GIPHY
Where is it actually the fastest route to get places? We looked at three locations: Providence Place Mall, T.F. Green Airport, and McCoy Stadium, and used Google Maps to find the places where you’d take the 6-10 Connector to get there fastest, versus where you’d take 95 or some other route. Here’s what we found:[…]
The regressive decision RIDOT is advocating for the 6-10 Connector is starting to get national press. The Congress for New Urbanism featured our campaign on their blog this week: By Rob Steuteville A diverse group is promoting “cost effective,” place-creating alternatives to rebuilding an ugly freeway in Providence, Rhode Island. The current 6-10 plan “feels[…]
By Perry Russom PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Gina Raimondo’s call to fast track plans for fixing the decaying Route 6/10 Connector project is not sitting well with some people. For more, read the full story on the WPRI website
By Patrick Anderson PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Warning that further delay could put Rhode Islanders’ safety at risk, Governor Raimondo Wednesday ordered a fast-tracked reconstruction of the Routes 6 and 10 interchange, knocking back dreams of an alternative to the maligned highway system. For the full story, visit the Providence Journal website.
By Mary Macdonald PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Wednesday she has directed the R.I. Department of Transportation to initiate replacement of the Route 6-10 connector, a series of nine bridges and elevated roadways that carry more than 100,000 vehicles daily. For the full story, visit the Providence Business News website.
By Kevin Proft PROVIDENCE — The city’s department of Planning + Development heard a resounding message from the hundred or so members of the public who attended its recent listening session on the future of the 6-10 Connector: Attendees demanded that the 1.3-mile stretch of highway between Olneyville and downtown be reconstructed in a way[…]