Tuesday, October 17, 2017        

RIDOT To Begin Highway Renumbering Program With I-295 This Fall

 

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that late this fall it will begin a highway renumbering program for its Interstate and other limited-access highways, starting with the entire I-295 corridor from Warwick to the Massachusetts border in Cumberland.

The new exit numbers will be keyed to mile markers – a system used throughout the country for many years that the traveling public has now come to expect. Rhode Island and some of its neighboring New England states are among the last to change to this method of numbering its highways, as required by the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways. The highway exit numbers traditionally were assigned sequentially.

“While we endeavor to bring our roads and bridges into a state of good repair through the RhodeWorks program, we’re also addressing outstanding issues that were never resolved,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said. “This project will bring us in line with the rest of the country and provide more information to travelers about their location and distance to their destinations.”
A mile-marker exit number system lets drivers know how far they need to travel to reach their desired off-ramp. It also allows for easier expansion for future interchanges since the entire highway would not have to be renumbered to accommodate a new exit number.

RIDOT will be reaching out to communities, businesses and organizations along the I-295 corridor to notify them of the change. The Department also will be contacting electronic mapping and GPS companies to inform them of the new exit numbers.

RIDOT has created a new web page for this project, which includes an interactive map showing the new and old exit numbers for I-295. Learn more at www.ridot.net/ExitNumbers.

When RIDOT installs the new exit number signs, it will install temporary signs indicating the old exit number and will leave them for an extended period of time. The same approach has been employed by DOTs elsewhere in the country, and the sign design with both new and old numbers is currently in place along I-395 in Connecticut.

I-295 North
I-95 in Warwick to Massachusetts Line in Cumberland

OLD EXIT NUMBER 
NEW EXIT NUMBER
LOCATION
1
1A
Rte. 113 West/West Warwick
2
1B
Rte. 2 North/Cranston
3A
3A
Rte. 37 East/Cranston
3B
3B
Rte. 37 West/Phenix Ave.
4
6
Rte. 14/Plainfield Pike
5
7
R.I. Resource Recovery
6A
9A
Rte. 6 East/Providence
6B
9B
I-295 South/Warwick
6C
9C
Rte. 6 West/Hartford
10
Greenville Ave. (New)
7A
12A
Rte. 44 East/North Providence
7B
12B
Rte. 44 West/Smithfield
8A
15A
Rte. 7 South/North Providence
8B
15B
Rte. 7 North/North Smithfield
9A
18A
Rte. 146 South/Lincoln
9B
18B
Rte. 146 North/Woonsocket
10
20
Rte. 122/Cumberland
11
22
Rte. 114/Cumberland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I-295 South
Massachusetts Line in Cumberland to I-95 in Warwick

OLD EXIT NUMBER
NEW EXIT NUMBER
LOCATION
11
22
Rte. 114/Cumberland
10
20
Rte. 122/Cumberland
9B
18B
Rte. 146 North/Woonsocket
9A
18A
Rte. 146 South/Lincoln
8B
15B
Rte. 7 North/North Smithfield
8A
15A
Rte. 7 South/North Providence
7B
12B
Rte. 44 West/Smithfield
7A
12A
Rte. 44 East/North Providence
10
Greenville Ave. (New)
6C
9C
Rte. 6 West/Hartford
6A
9A
Rte. 6 East/Providence
5
7
R.I. Resource Recovery
4
6
Rte. 14/Plainfield Pike
3B
3B
Rte. 37 West/Phenix Ave.
3A
3A
Rte. 37 East/T.F. Green Airport
2
1B
Rte. 2 South/Warwick
1
1A
Rte. 113 West/West Warwick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIDOT also will be assigning exit numbers to Route 99, from Route 146 in Lincoln to Mendon Road in Cumberland, and on Route 146, from the I-95 interchange in Providence to the Massachusetts border in North Smithfield. These highways did not have any exit numbers previously.

RIDOT is developing schedules for the continued renumbering of highways to a mile-marker system. The project will include I-95 and I-195, as well as Routes 4, 10, 24, 37, 78, 403 and the Airport Connector.

For Immediate Release
October 04, 2017
Charles St. Martin
(O) 401-222-1362 x4007
(C): 401-641-8934
Charles.StMartin@dot.ri.gov

Poll Workers Needed For Future Elections

The Smithfield Board of Canvassers is seeking Poll Workers for future elections 

Polling places are open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.  If you are available to work and are currently a registered voter in the Town of Smithfield, please call the Board of Canvassers at 233-1000 Ext. 112.  You can register to vote in the Town of Smithfield through the Town of Smithfield website www.smithfieldri.com or the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website www.state.ri.us by downloading a voter registration form and mailing it to the Smithfield Board of Canvasser’s Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, R.I. 02917.  You can also visit the Town Clerk’s Office during our regular business hours of 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday and register to vote at that time. 

The Town Clerk’s office staff welcomes any questions or concerns you may have.

Carol A. Aquilante, CMC   
Smithfield Town Clerk

Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission Historic Home Marker Program

 

The Town of Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission is offering a Historic Home Marker program for homes and properties that are listed on our Historic Inventory. We are proud to offer this program to recognize the historic buildings in our town and celebrate our rich history. The plaque is an 11×16 inch oval, with a decorative molded edge, made of a durable and weather resistant PVC material. The plaques are painted slightly off white, silk screened with black borders and lettering, featuring a green town crest. All building names and dates are hand painted in black paint by a local Rhode Island Artist.

Any building appearing on the Smithfield Historic Inventory will have an application reviewed. If your building does not appear on the inventory, and you feel this is an error, please contact the SHPC and we will address this issue. The Smithfield Historic Inventory can be found online here.

The Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission is a not-for-profit Town Commission. The debut of this Historic Marker Program was a great effort by the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission over the last year. The commission strives to provide the residents of Smithfield with markers of the highest quality available, while keeping the cost born to the applicants at the lowest possible price point. This was made possible by the generosity of a local benefactor, who donated funds to cover the bulk of silk screening the markers, while a local company in Smithfield was kind enough to cut the raw material into beautifully routed ovals at no cost. The fee of $35.00 (thirty five dollars) paid by each applicant goes directly toward covering the materials cost and for the artist who will be hand painting the name and appropriate date on your marker.

Full Information and Application (.pdf)

Is your home on the historic inventory?  Check here (.pdf)

Our Town: Smithfield Documentary Debuts on September 13th


The OUR TOWN: Smithfield documentary premieres on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:30pm on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

The local legends, historical happenings, and backyard secrets of Smithfield, Rhode Island, are the focus of Our Town, an ongoing Rhode Island PBS community project. For more information please visit http://www.ripbs.org/our-town/towns/smithfield/

Find it on the following channels: Digital 36.1 | DirecTV 36 | Dish Network 36 | Cox 08/1008HD | Verizon FiOS 08/508HD (RI) 18/518HD (MA) | Comcast 819HD

 

Veteran’s Grave Flags

Prior to Memorial Day, the Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries, VFW 2929 and the American Legion flagged the 170 veteran cemeteries in town.

If anyone knows of a veteran’s grave in town that does not have an American flag, please contact Bob Buonaccorsi at 349-4074.

We want to be sure all veterans are honored.

New Online Boards & Commissions Database

The Town of Smithfield is pleased to announce that the new OnBoard Board & Commission Management Solution System is now available on the Town’s website to facilitate public engagement through our vendor, ClerkBase. Boards and Commissions are an important part of the Town’s governance, as they focus on specific areas of interest. OnBoard allows you to see who is currently serving on a Board or Commission, how to contact them, the membership history of that board, and each member’s history on all boards.

With this new system Town residents can access this information without delay or inconvenience, should they want to volunteer, they can do so by checking the vacancies on various Boards or Commission.

As always it is important to allow our Town residents consistently new and updated technology.

Access the OnBoard Board & Commission page at http://onboard.smithfieldri.com

Current information for all positions has been entered, historical information will eventually be entered into the system.

Carol A. Aquilante, CMC
Smithfield Town Clerk

Traffic Safety Request Form Online

The Smithfield Traffic Safety Commission is proud to introduce the new “Traffic Safety Request Form.” The new online form makes the process of identifying traffic problems and recommending solutions to the Smithfield Traffic Safety Commission more efficient. The user friendly form allows a traffic safety request to be added to the Traffic Safety Commission Meeting. Appropriate requests will be added to the agenda for the next scheduled meeting. We look forward to working with the public in an effort to enhance traffic safety. For additional information please contact Sgt. Cory Carpenter at ccarpenter@smithfieldpd.com or 401-231-2500 x132.

Find the form here on the Smithfield Police Department’s website at: smithfieldpd.com/tsc-form/

Route 44 (Putnam Pike) intersection Crossings at Smithfield

It is Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s intent to make lane configuration changes to the existing intersection of Route 44 (Putnam Pike) with the Crossings at Smithfield shopping plaza.

The design is optimized to eliminate the potential for high speed collisions due to vehicle backups on the I-295 northbound lane at the Route 44 west, exit 7B. The changes proposed are conceptual at this time and tentatively scheduled for 2019 pending further design and funding.

Town of Smithfield Engineering Division

Boy Scout & Venturing Information for Smithfield

boy-scoutsJoin Boy Scout Troop One Georgiaville

Troop One Georgiaville meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 PM at the East Smithfield Neighborhood Center at 7 Esmond Street, Smithfield. Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-17, and is a community-oriented program that instills values such as citizenship, teamwork, honesty, respect, responsibility, and fitness, while being a lot of fun! We want the boys to have a great time, while teaching them something along the way. We also believe that an important part of scouting is giving back to the community, through community service projects and pride in America.

We welcome you to come to a meeting and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact the Troop One at http://1georgiaville.weebly.com/ or call 401-578-5261.

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Boy Scout Troop 1 Greenville Welcomes New Scouts

Troop 1 meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 PM at the Greenville Baptist Church, 582 Putnam Pike, Greenville. Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-17 and provides a program that focuses on character building, leadership, citizenship, personal fitness and outdoor adventures. Troop 1’s chartering organization is Greenville Baptist Church but scouts are members of all faiths.

We welcome you to come to a meeting, if you are interested in joining our troop. For more information, contact the Troop 1 at http://troop1greenville.com/contact or call (401) 640-9444.

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bs-venturingHigh Adventure Awaits!

Venturing is a co-ed branch of the Boy Scouts of America, where young men and women plan and participate in exciting outdoor adventures.

Venturing Crew 2000 Smithfield meets at 7 PM on the second and last Monday of each month at the American Legion Post #64, 170 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, the same building as the “Little Red Schoolhouse” nursery school. Venturing is for young men and women ages 14 to 20, and is a community-oriented program whose purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

We welcome you to come to a meeting and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact Crew 2000 at ltcroger@cox.net or 401-447-0567.

New! Online Voter Registration

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Online Voter Registration

Register to vote or change your voter information online here.  

Visit:  vote.ri.gov

You can also view your House District, your Voting Location District, the District Map, and a sample Democrat Primary Election Ballot by visiting www.sec.state.ri.us/vic which is the electronic RI Secretary of State Voter Information Center or by visiting the Voter Information section of this website.

 

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