The Providence River provides many opportunities for the town and to its residents. There is the Water-Fire, rowing possibilities, walkways, the view it provides, and the new pedestrian bridge. It officially opened on August 9, 2019, and a couple of days ago I went to see it with Jim. (He also wrote about the bridge)
The bridge looks more like a sculpture with soaring wavy lines and was clearly designed for visual enjoyment and appreciation as well as providing passage over the river. When walking on the bridge it is hard not to notice the convergence of shiny metal, warm wood, cool water, and the blue sky. The sky is reflected in the glass-like steel surfaces that hover over the river.
Partly due to its novelty, partly its convenience, and also because it is attractive, the bridge had many users. Two kids cruising around on their scooters were fun to watch although that may come to an end if the city imposes the anticipated rule that all bikes must be walked rather than ridden over the bridge. There were even people from out of town accompanying their son who moved to Providence recently. They asked me to take a picture of them using their phone. Noticing that, another couple asked for the same. I was the designated photographer on call!
The skyline of the city still looks very attractive and maintains its texture from the turn of the 20th century. Many of the buildings are from the early 1900s and the newer ones somehow manage to blend in. The Providence River relocation project from the 1980s exposed more of the river by removing the streets that used to go over it. At the same time, the railroad was also relocated to expose more of the river. All for the better.
After visiting the bridge, we went to Harry’s Bar and Burgers a little down the street. A fancy car went by, I managed to snap a picture. I thought it was an Auburn Boattail model but I am not sure. As we went by a hair salon, the customer and the hairdresser were both good sports to allow me to take a picture of them too, thank you.
Here are some photographs of the bridge, from the bridge looking into the city along with some structural details of the new addition.