The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), in partnership with the City of Newport, took on the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project. The project is designed using Complete Streets principles; the state’s Complete Streets Law requires that all federal and state-funded road construction projects equally consider motor vehicles, bicyclists, public transportation and pedestrians.
In addition to roadway repairs, the project is upgrading sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting and landscaping along one of Broadway’s most heavily traveled sections. Permeable pavers were used for the parking areas, while a similar slightly smaller non-permeable paver was used along the edge of the sidewalks. New rain gardens work in conjunction with the permeable pavers to further develop vegetation and plant life.