Rhode Island Drops Plans For Welcome Center Near Connecticut Line

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – Rhode Island is dropping a $12 million project to build an Interstate 95 welcome center near the Connecticut border.

The state Department of Transportation said Monday it’s asking the federal government to rescind a $9 million grant for the proposed Rhode Island Travel Plaza and Transit Center.

Hopkinton residents opposed the rest stop. It would have provided tourist information, restrooms, gas and food, and serve as a park and ride facility and bus hub.

Transportation Director Peter Alviti says his agency heeded concerns about preserving the town’s rural character, as well as environmental concerns over aquifers. Archaeological surveys also showed places of significance to Narragansett Indians, including three cemeteries.

Most of the state’s $3 million for the project will be used to improve an existing I-95 rest stop in Richmond.

(© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Connecticut

Win Red Sox Tickets With Player Of The Game!
At The Box Office

Listen Live