The state is considering tolls on highways--although, only for trucks, so we shouldn't expect much of an impact on commute mode choices.
The 6/10 Connector is going to get four out of seven projected toll dollars. Whoa! Expensive!
Read more about why we shouldn't rebuild this thing here.
The section of 6/10 that is "Rt. 6" has had a lot of work done recently, and probably won't be abandoned any time soon, but the section that's "Rt. 10" or "the Huntington Expressway" is the oldest in the state, and could realistically be replaced with a boulevard if RIDOT chose to do so.
I'm getting retweeted by a lot of conservative-type people about not rebuilding this urban highway. Is there room to build a left-right alliance, with the left being concerned about climate and impacts on the impoverished neighborhoods around 6/10, and the right angry that they'll be "subsidizing Providence"?
Also strange, Barry Schiller has reported to me that RIDOT is strongly considering bus lanes on the 6/10 Connector, but in my experience this has not been a useful corridor for buses. Transit should be a part of any proposal, but remember: how bike and pedestrian friendly and area is, and what kind of development it gets are the determinants of whether transit is going to be useful here. A new raised/sunken highway with bus lanes is like transit decoration, rather than transit-oriented design.
Well, there's the highway itself.
A little reminder that Providence is the only northeastern U.S. city to make it to the top ten list for per capita highway lane-miles. That puts us in some bad company. 6/10 is one of those no-brainer projects where the state could decide to go multimodal instead of doing the same-old, same-old.
We should put extra effort to following up on details in the coming days, but so far this goes up top on my list of things to be angry about in Rhode Island.