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Should private donations make up the funding shortfall for the new Providence pedestrian bridge?

Posted 12/20/10

The winning design for the new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River in the Capital City includes a water-level cafe, an interpretive boardwalk, gardens and ample space for walkers and bicyclers to cross from the Fox Point-College Hill neighborhood to the burgeoning Knowledge District. It also comes with a $4 million to $5 million price tag.

Unfortunately, the city has only $2 million set aside to build the bridge, which will use the existing piers from the Interstate 195 bridge that is being torn down.

The city has said that it will build the bridge as designed, meaning it has to come up with the difference between the cost and its resources on hand. The question is, where will the money come from?

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