This week we put ceremonial shovels in the ground to begin the work of reinventing Kennedy Plaza. The project is a top priority of my economic development action plan and is part of the multiyear Downtown Circulator Project.
When completed, Kennedy Plaza will have more open space and new plantings and decorative lighting to create a vibrant public square. The redesign includes new berths for buses and covered wait stations for passengers. Some bus berths will be consolidated and several will be relocated to the perimeter of Greater Kennedy Plaza.
New bike lanes and signage will better accommodate bicyclists. Sidewalks will be widened and crosswalks shortened in Kennedy Plaza and LaSalle Square to make downtown safer for pedestrians. As part of the Downtown Circulator Project, some streets adjacent to Kennedy Plaza will be converted to two-way traffic.
This redesign is the result of a collaborative planning process involving stakeholders from across our city and state. I commend all of the city planners, public works personnel and arts and culture staff who have helped shape our plan to improve Kennedy Plaza.
The City is working with RIPTA to minimize the impact of temporary bus stop locations on passengers during the transition. We thank RIPTA for their collaboration, and ask for patience as the City gets construction completed.
We are working to make this public space at the heart of our Capital City friendlier to pedestrians, improve the bus passenger experience, boost safety in the area and transform the Plaza into a lively destination for residents, commuters and visitors.