Construction begins on Kennedy Plaza revitalization

Photo by Sean Daly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Kennedy Plaza will soon be the latest piece of Providence to receive a makeover.

Mayor Angel Taveras, along with city and RIPTA officials, formally broke ground Tuesday on the reconstruction of the downtown transportation hub.

Photo Gallery: Officials break ground on Kennedy Plaza renovation project. Click to view photos.
Photo Gallery: Officials break ground on Kennedy Plaza renovation project. Click to view photos.

It’s only been 15 years since the last round of renovations to the plaza, but officials are hoping to transform the old and tired public square into a community gathering place.

Work is expected to be complete by the Fall of 2014.

Officials hope the changes will not only beautify the area, but also better organize the bus stops and greatly improve safety for passengers and pedestrians alike.

The project comes in the wake of the death of court security officer Frank McKnight, who died back in May after being struck by a bus at a crosswalk near Kennedy Plaza.

Following the accident, Judge William Smith called that crosswalk a “hot spot” for problems.

The construction project forced the agency to put detours in place and relocate several stops, causing confusion for some commuters.

RIPTA said their sales and information outlet at the plaza will remain open during construction.

Visit RIPTA’s website for more information about the detours. View the below maps for the stops that are affected.

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