Construction underway to new commuter rail station

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation kicked off construction Monday morning  for the Pawtucket Central Falls Commuter Rail Station.

Mayors from Pawtucket and Central Falls, along with state officials and U.S.Congressman David Cicilline gathered to unveil the RhodeWorks sign at the project site.

“Today really marks a very important moment.  The sign behind me is really a promise to the people of Rhode Island that our state is taking responsibility to construct this station on time and on budget,” said Rep. David Cicilline.

The rail station will be located between Barton Street, Conant Street, Goff Avenue and Dexter Street at the city line between Pawtucket and Central Falls.

It’s slated to open in 2020, and will serve as a stop on the MBTA commuter rail between Rhode Island and Boston,

State officials say it will also function as a busing hub.

RIDOT received a 13.1 million dollar federal grant to build the station. The total project cost is estimated between forty and fifty million dollars.