Middletown plans renovations near Newport city line

July 14, 2018 by  

The area around lower Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown is currently undergoing a series of upgrades.

A unique funding source known as tax incremental financing was approved by the Town Council to pay for the work. This measure still needs approval from the General Assembly.

By hiring a consulting firm to do the work and developing this funding source, the Council has shown its strong support for renovating the neighborhood of the lower Aquidneck. This dynamic neighborhood always draws both residents and tourists alike, and, Robert Sylvia, president of the Council, said these improvements could help to make it more so.

Among the upgrades will be having travel lanes that are 11 feet wide with four-foot shoulders that will be marked as bike lanes; ensuring sidewalks will be five feet wide with a grassy planting strip installed where possible between the sidewalk and the road; burying the utility lines; and updating the streetlights to use “dark-sky” compliant street lighting.

This project has been in the works for about 10 years. State Representative Louis DiPalma said he will do his utmost to support it and help to ensure that its financing is approved.

Poster printing can be used by towns to create posters with more specific information about their upgrades, construction schedule, change in traffic patterns, and potential completion dates.