WARWICK – Rhode Island has secured a $10 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to rebuild the road system around Apponaug Village in Warwick, the state’s congressional delegation announced Thursday.
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant will help Rhode Island replace the current system of one-way roads through the Apponaug business district with a large two-way bypass highway and four roundabouts.
Estimated to cost $33.5 million, the R.I. Department of Transportation project is intended to free Apponaug from high-speed through traffic, encouraging foot traffic and business investment in the village.
“This is a smart investment that will help create jobs, improve the efficiency of traffic, and increase safety for motorists and pedestrians,” said R.I. Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee in a news release announcing the grant. “This project will also help the city of Warwick move forward with key economic revitalization efforts.”
Chafee, a Warwick resident and former mayor, supported the Apponaug project over Providence’s application for $39 million under the same program to build a streetcar line through the city.
With the Tiger grant, the federal government has now committed $26.8 million toward the Apponaug project with the state responsible for the remaining $6.7 million.
Bidding is scheduled to begin on the project this fall and construction could begin next spring.