Council to DOT: Fix East Main Road, restore bike and road safety funds

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Citing 180 motor vehicle accidents on East Main Road last year, roughly one accident every other day, the Portsmouth Town Council will discuss and vote Monday on two resolutions directed at the state Department of Transporation (DOT). The resolutions urge the DOT to maintain funding for East Main Road projects and reject proposed cuts to bike and road safety projects. 

The Portsmouth Town Council will meet Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road.

The first resolution requests that the Transportation Advisory Committee and the State Planning Council reject the proposed Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Amendment #11 and that the DOT address the transportation budget shortfall within the more robust highway and pavement projects and leave the already underfunded Transportation Alternative Program intact.

The resolution also urges the DOT consider every road project a Complete Streets project and work to maximize the safety of all road users by accounting for motorized traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians in every road design.

The DOT presented its state TIP to the State Transportation Advisory Committee on Jan. 24. The TIP included a 33% cut to Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects over four years, which includes bicycle, pedestrian, and road safety projects. 

View the proposed town resolution here: 

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East Main Road

The second resolution addresses proposed repairs to East Main Road. 

The resolution requests that the Transportation Advisory Committee and the State Planning Council reject the proposed TIP Amendment #11 and requests that the DOT maintain STIP funding for East Main Road projects currently scheduled for completion in 2022.

The resolution also requests that DOT consider every road project a Complete Streets project, and work to maximize the safety of all road users by accounting for motorized traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians in every road design.

The DOT’s Major Amendment #11 calls for proposing delaying STIP ID
1379 (East Main Road project) until 2027 and ID 1380 (East Main Road project) until 2024. These projects include resurfacing, sidewalk installation, and other essential improvements to East Main Road. 

East Main Road is one of two main roads in Portsmouth, and a major thoroughfare for Middletown and Newport, and is rapidly and dangerously deteriorating.  In 2018, there were 180 accidents on East Main Road, or roughly one accident every other day. 

View the entire resolution here: 

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