Newport’s ongoing transportation masterplan hopes to bring a quaint, village-like town, with many of its most popular thoroughfares being the narrowest, into the 21st century.
“I’m sure the report and findings won’t surprise anyone, but the Existing Conditions Report now captures much of what has people’s frustrations, connects it to hard data, and gives us a comprehensive baseline from to work from when planning for a better connected future for multimodal transportation,” said Melissa Pattavina, Secretary of the Planning Council.
Citing the juxtaposition of its colonial street network to its commercial waterfront, the study warns that Newport’s appeal as a coveted coastal destination will diminish if traffic management is not addressed.
The city has a diverse parking inventory including on-street, off-street, handicapped, ride-sharing, taxi, electric vehicle, recreational vehicle, boat trailer, scooter and parking facilities and services. tourist bus. These services, according to the report, are concentrated almost entirely in the city centre.
It appears to provide a sufficient supply of affordable public parking, which generates sustainable revenue, but the demand for affordable and easily accessible parking, especially in the city centre, is growing.
Additionally, undesirable higher speeds can be found on the Pell Bridge, the JT Connell Highway, and the Coddington Highway. Meanwhile, America’s Cup Avenue and Memorial Boulevard are the site of a greater portion of Newport’s crashes.
In summary, the concerns expressed in the report related to traffic congestion and the absence of a management plan, public transport, failing infrastructure, lack of parking, insufficient funding and a limited vision of the future, the slow progress in meeting the needs of key populations. These include long-term residents, the elderly, people with reduced mobility, pedestrians and cyclists.
When asked how to address these issues, stakeholders said the Pell Bridge ramp realignment project will allow for perimeter intercept parking, with visitors parking on site and taking shuttles to their destinations, reducing thus vehicle journeys throughout the city and optimizing safety, traffic and flow for everyone. modes of travel.
They also believe that the Complete Streets program, the RIPTA service overhaul, parking management, new technologies and the city’s thoughtful partnerships with local residents and government agencies will make transportation improvements possible.