Third Street catch basins cleaned

Here’s an update on the flooding issue received from Francisco Lovera at DOT. Project members raised this issue with Francisco at our meeting on Sept. 9. 

On Sep 15, 2008, at 12:07 PM, Lovera, Francisco wrote:

Hi Jon,
Following up to our previous email, we want to let you know that our Maintenance personnel cleaned out the catch basin on North Main Street at Third Street. Also, our Drainage Engineer visited the site and observed that the reveal in the curbing could be raised a little bit; we will try to make this change through our Maintenance Section.
In other hand, we received conceptual plans for a drainage project in the area from the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC). The project includes some drainage modification at the North Main Street/Third Street intersection. We cannot provide you with more details about this project; however, we encourage you to get in touch with NBC to obtain more details on this project.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Francisco Lovera
Traffic Engineering

Rhode Island Department of Transportation


Should the Smithfield Ave. intersection be two-way?


Why is this intersection one-way?

Why is this intersection one-way?

On Tuesday, the Project steering group, joined by Rep. Gordon Fox and Councilman Kevin Jackson, talked about the possibility of making the Smithfield Ave connector between North Main and Nashua Streets two-way with DOT’s Francisco Lovera. We agreed to get more input from the community before making such a request, but here is the current status and future process as decribed by Francisco on Sept. 10:

Hi Jon,
Thank you for the invitation to the neighborhood meeting last night.  The Department of Transportation is always open to receive feed back from citizens.  We appreciate and encourage these exchanges because they help us keep our infrastructure up and running with the end user in mind.
In regard to the signal at the North Main Street/Smithfield Avenue intersection, we found out that the requested change to Smithfield Avenue was outside of the scope of work at the time the North Main Street Project was on design.  As I mentioned yesterday, a change like this has to be approved by the State Traffic Commission (STC) at the requested of either the City of Providence or a State Representative or Senator.   Continue reading

DOT will check NMS storm drains

On Sep 10, 2008 In response to discussion on Sept. 9, Francicso Lovera of the Department of Transportation wrote:

As a follow up to yesterday’s meeting, we contacted our Maintenance Division and asked to check that the drainage structures in North Main and Third Street are not clogged. We also asked our Drainage Engineer to take a look at the structures. As soon as we hear back from them we can contact you.

Francisco Lovera

Transit experts: North Main key to RI transit future

Looming RIPTA service cuts competed with street flooding, the potential for making Smithfield Avenue’s intersection with North Main two-way and a visionary future of bus or rail rapid transit for space on a crowded transit agenda at a meeting of Project committee members and transit experts Francisco Lovera of the RI Department of Transportation and Mark Therrien, assistant general manager of the RI Public Transportation Authority. Our thanks to Franciso and Mark and to Representative Gordon Fox and City Councilman Kevin Jackson, who both joined us.

As a result of this meeting, we will explore support and potential for making the Smithfield Avenue intersection two-way like other major connections along North Main and begin seeking action on chronic street flooding at the Third Street intersection. We also got a good primer on mass transit planning that we can draw on in future planning on North Main. In the short term, we also offered our support to protect current RIPTA service on North Main. Continue reading

North Main History Workshop Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7pm

The 1928 NFL champion Providence Steamrollers played at a field near North Main Street. Image from Art in Ruins (

Event: Public workshop on the history of North Main Street
Date and time: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Carriage House Theater, 9 Duncan Ave
For more info: email Jonathan Howard, or call 331-2272 

The North Main Street Project will host a workshop looking at North Main Street’s lively past as a vital center for sports and entertainment and as a retail destination on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7PM at the Carriage House Theater, 9 Duncan Avenue. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Dr. Robert Cvornyek, the Chairman of the History Department at Rhode Island College will talk about the history of the Providence Steamrollers, a National Football League team which played its games on the site of the current Shaws Plaza at the northern end of the street. The Steamrollers won the NFL championship in 1928. Dr. Cvornyek will also introduce memories of the Celebrity Club on North Main where the greats of the Jazz Age played.

Mack Woodward of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission will outline the evolution of North Main as a commercial and residential center over the years.

We welcome historical questions, answers and memorabilia from anyone with memories or knowledge of North Main Street’s past. We are honored to have J Hogue, proprietor of the fabulous Art in Ruins web site, which catalogs dozens of Rhode Island’s vanished and threatened cultural treasures.

This look back to a livelier North Main is the first in a series of workshops intended to develop knowledge, interest and investment in North Main as a vital urban corridor. Each session will bring experts together with business owners, property owners, residents and other stakeholders to identify opportunities and build partnerships for future investment and action. More details on future sessions can be found below.