Bridge dedicated to Doyle, longest-serving mayor of Pawtucket

Former Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — He’s credited as lobbying the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to build a new bridge for Interstate 95 across the Pawtucket River.

Now, that bridge is being dedicated to the city of Pawtucket’s longest-serving mayor, James E. Doyle, in honor of his public service to the city.

The Mayor James E. Doyle Pawtucket River Bridge was formally renamed Wednesday morning in a ceremony featuring Doyle’s family, which includes state Sen. James E. Doyle II, who represents Pawtucket at the General Assembly.

Doyle, a Democrat, had worked as a social studies teacher, and served 27 years on the Pawtucket City Council, including as the council president, before he became mayor. The lifelong resident of the city served as mayor for six terms, between 1997 and 2010, before he retired.

When he passed away in August, fellow lawmakers also credited Doyle with helping to establish the Pawtucket Arts Festival and the redevelopment of abandoned mills into an arts and entertainment district — including the Hope Artiste Village.