Washington Secondary Bike Path

West Warwick, RI

Washington Secondary Bike Path

West Warwick, RI
  • Horizontal and vertical alignment of the new bike path
  • Wetland delineation and permitting
  • Drainage design
  • Rehabilitation of two railroad bridges
  • Traffic analyses
  • At-grade intersection design
  • Parking and public access features

The Washington Secondary Bike Path, Rhode Island’s longest rail-trail, provides 19 miles of bicycle and pedestrian recreational facility along the abandoned Washington Secondary Railroad Corridor, extending from the Providence/Cranston city line to near the Connecticut state line. The facility is part of the East Coast Greenway.

Pare Corporation was hired by the Town of West Warwick to plan and design their portion of the Washington Secondary Bike Path which traverses nearly three miles of the former railroad corridor.

Condition surveys and conversion plans were required for the existing railroad bridges along the WSRC. Pare’s experience converting railroad bridges to bicycle path bridges includes the design of new deck and rail systems and modifications to steel girder/ballasted structures. Both types of modifications were encountered on this project.