PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Thousands of dollars of traffic improvements have been made to Federal Hill in Providence, which have drastically reduced the number of accidents on the popular strip.
Just over three years ago, Providence City Councilman Terrence Hassett was struck by a car while crossing Atwells Avenue on foot. Now in the wake of his accident, he is working for change.
“I wanna see change, I want positive change for the community, there’s no question about that. The way it happened is rather unusual obviously. I could’ve perished but I did not,” he said.
After numerous accidents involving pedestrians and one fatality, numerous changes have been made to the popular strip. The bump-outs, speed bumps, better signage, and brighter lighting have reduced the number of accidents in the area by 64% compared to 2012.
“It’s rewarding to see that there’s positive now coming out of this. A 64% decrease? People are watching carefully now. That’s good,” said Hassett.
Hassett is now working for safer conditions for pedestrians in every popular business district in Rhode Island, and believes that day is coming.
“To have a positive impact on society, particularly someone who’s in public office – that’s rewarding,” he said.