I-295 Northbound Rest Area and Blackstone Valley Gateway Center
Lincoln, Rhode Island
Owners: Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Rhode Island Departments of Environmental Management
Through a cooperative effort between the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), the Interstate Route 295 (I-295) northbound rest area was completely redesigned. The reconstructed site, which includes the Blackstone Valley Gateway Center, serves as an intermodal "gateway" to the neighboring Blackstone River Linear Park and Bikeway. The site design included entrance and exit ramps, access roads, parking facilities, sidewalks, landscaping and storm water management. The site contains tourist, park and bikeway amenities for the public. The parking area serves a variety of vehicles including tractor-trailers, campers, buses and automobiles.