The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) started work this week to upgrade the southern entrance plaza (downtown side) of Providence Station. Through a $6.9 million contract with J.H. Lynch & Sons, planned improvements will enhance circulation for all users of the station as well as create an inviting civic space. Pedestrian enhancements will also be made along Gaspee Street, and damaged concrete and limestone areas on the building's plaza will be repaired. Other planned improvements include adding amenities for bicyclists, updating signage and landscaping.
This work, which will be broken out into two phases, will require temporary restrictions, including a closure of the top level of the parking garage, a relocation of the taxi stands, and a closure of portions of Railroad Street and Park Row West. Project completion is scheduled for spring 2016.
Phase One: Now - Early May 2015
Phase Two: May 2015 - May 2016
Schedule of work is subject to change; RIDOT will make every reasonable effort to accelerate work where possible.
Amtrak and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) services are offered daily at the station, which is ranked as one of the top three busiest stations in the MBTA network and 15th out of the more than 500 stations in Amtrak's system. This success has led the station to outgrow its 1980s design, and the improvements now underway will address some of the station's more immediate exterior needs.