RIDOT has recently announced plans to tear down the Crook Point Bascule Bridge, a historic landmark on the Seekonk River in Providence. At a cost of $6mil, we have to wonder what are the possibilities of this icon. For me personally I have treasured memories of exploring the bridge late at night.
Since the area was cleared and the bike path now runs directly by it does require an action given its exposure and accessibility (chain-link is keeping no one off the bridge). We are imagining a post-industrial aesthetic, basic materials artfully crafted, with none of the glitz that is on the PVD River Ped Bridge. Just a simple well designed (and planted?) bridge with the potential for a pedestrian connection to East Providence.
The path could also continue to the East Side Railway Tunnel as an additional connecting feature in the future.