Newport proposes shutting down America’s Cup Ave and Memorial Blvd to one lane of traffic each way

Newport’s Transportation Master Plan was unveiled Wednesday evening and one major change to our city’s streets immediately jumps out.  The advisory committee, which was led by the State of Rhode Island’s Division of Statewide Planning, recommends that the travel lanes on America’s Cup Avenue and Memorial Boulevard are both cut in half to one lane in each direction to make way for a bike lane that will span from Downtown Newport to Easton’s Beach.

Wait, what?

America’s Cup and Memorial intersection at Thames.


Memorial Blvd at Bellevue Ave


And you thought traffic was bad now!?!?!?



The plan now moves to the Newport City Council for approval.

There will be a public workshop on Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30pm at Newport City Hall. If you love traffic, don’t show up. If you hate traffic, make sure you’re there.




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