Blackstone River Bikeway set to extend to Uxbridge

Blackstone River Bikeway set to extend to Uxbridge

DOT schedule includes immediate 'sharrows,' construction of dedicated path through Woonsocket in 2014

WOONSOCKET - The Blackstone River Bikeway, a 48-mile dedicated path extending from Providence to Worcester, Mass., has, for many years, been little more than a distant dream for supporters.

Sure, the transit departments in both states have made some major progress since the project was first envisioned in the 1980s, and beautiful, if isolated, stretches of pavement along the planned route see plenty of pedestrian and bike traffic daily throughout the warmer seasons. The 11.6 miles of uninterrupted trail stretching from Lincoln to Woonsocket have become a popular summer attraction.

But issues with design plans and lack of funding have resulted in long delays, with the last major progress in northern Rhode Island completed in 2009, making a route extending even as far as the state border difficult to imagine.

Not anymore.

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