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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-30-2020

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10 THE VALLEY JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION phase one in June. Phase one involved restoring a dou- ble railroad bridge over Canal Street and the canal for which it's named to make it usable for the bike path. That work is now complete, with the newly restored bridge visible from the current end of the bike path near the Canal Street parking area. In phase two, the DCR plans to restore a historic seven-span railroad viaduct that runs between Canal Street and the Blackstone River. Under the current plan, the agency plans to con- struct the bike path on the viaduct and eventually connect it to the Rhode Island portion behind the yard waste disposal facility on Mill Street. The timing of that larger project remains uncertain, with Dorrance declining to answer questions on when phase two will begin. The agen- cy, she said, has already completed the design of the second phase and secured construction permits, but is currently working to secure funding for the $8.8 million project. The multi-state project has been moving along in increments since the 1990s, when Rhode Island first began construction on its side of the bikeway. Currently, large segments of the bike path run between Uxbridge and Blackstone in Massachusetts and between Woonsocket and Cumberland in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has also continued work on the bike path, with two new segments in Woonsocket completed within the past few years. Rhode Island still has two segments left to complete in Woonsocket and recently announced a $475,000 grant to expand the path in Pawtucket. The Valley Breeze is committed to keep- ing quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at valleybreeze.com/sup- port. Thank you as always for reading. BREEZE PHOTOS BY LAUREN CLEM The newly restored railroad bridge as seen from the existing bike path. At right, the newly restored railroad bridge over CANAL STREET is the latest section of the bike path completed in Massachusetts. BIKE PATH From Page One the New England Aquarium and the RISD Museum. The Summer Learning Initiative has been integral in building a com- munity. "While I do hope that the kids see an improvement in their reading and their math scores, which is typically the target of our program, this year it's more about just coming together," Guay said. "I'm so thankful for the relation- ships that the staff here has with the students. Students are calling and tex- ting them, so if something comes up at home they know it," Austin said. Grants of similar sizes went to pro- grams in Central Falls, Cranston, and Newport. Registration for the Summer Learning Initiative is still open, and all of their programs are free and still have openings. The initiative runs through Aug. 10. LEARNING From Page 8 They say they were denied each time, quietly over the phone, based on their organization's name. "In the meantime we collected just under 3,000 pounds of food, distribut- ed 70 or 80 cases of meals ready-to-eat and aided more than nine charitable organizations and churches in the Blackstone Valley and in Providence," he said. "We're bringing huge stores of food every week for them to distribute to hungry families." This week, Rossi said they were able to feed roughly 5,500 people. "Not one charitable organization or person declined the food, know- ing that it came from the Knights of Columbus," Rossi said. Call 401-333-1492 to learn more about helping the club with its efforts. 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