Bridge renamed for Mayor Doyle

Bridge renamed for Mayor Doyle

Sen. Jamie Doyle, joined by his wife, Jackie, their daughter Paige, right, their son Jamie, center, and Doyle’s nephew Tucker, left, at the dedication of The Mayor James E. Doyle Pawtucket River Bridge last Wednesday.

PAWTUCKET – Officials last Wednesday celebrated the renaming of the Pawtucket River Bridge in honor of former Mayor James Doyle.

Doyle’s son, Pawtucket Sen. Jamie Doyle, was joined by state and local officials as the I-95 bridge over the Seekonk River was officially renamed the Mayor James E. Doyle Pawtucket River Bridge last Wednesday.

“I want to thank everyone involved with this tremendous honor from the bottom of my heart,” said Jamie Doyle. “My family and I are speechless from the outpouring of love and affection toward my dad that we have received since his passing. My father loved Pawtucket and considered every single resident part of his family. He loved this city, he loved this bridge, and I know how touched and honored he would be if he was here with us today. Thank you everyone.”

Doyle was “a wonderful ambassador” for Pawtucket and will be missed, said Mayor Donald Grebien.

“This is a well-deserved honor to a man who gave so much to this city for so long. It would be very hard for anyone who met James Doyle to forget him, but, this bridge will now ensure his loving memory will live on,” he said.

Doyle was “a leader and a visionary,” said Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti. “It was Mayor Doyle who lobbied us to allow Pawtucket artists and designers a chance to give input on the art deco-inspired Pawtucket River Bridge and it is only fitting that today we rename this beautiful structure in his honor.”

Doyle was the city’s longest-serving mayor, holding the position from 1997 to 2010. Before he was elected mayor, he served on the Pawtucket City Council for 27 years. Doyle died in September following a battle with cancer.

The bridge renaming stemmed from legislation passed this year by the General Assembly. In honor of the late mayor’s favorite color and proud Irish heritage, the bridge’s lights shone in bright green.