Pedestrian Bridge Advocates Celebrate with Balloon Bridge Over Providence River


A "balloon bridge" was constructed in Providence over the weekend where the new pedestrian bridge is slated to go over the Providence River. 

The state recently awarded a nearly $17 million construction contract to Daniel O'Connell's Sons, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, who came in as the lowest bidder to build a pedestrian bridge to connect downtown to the Fox Point neighborhood.

"We are enthusiastic to see construction begin on the Pedestrian Bridge downtown, connecting neighborhoods and parks, providing for easier access to the Jewelry District, and improving the prospects for economic development in the area," said Al Dahlberg, Assistant VP Government & Community Relation at Brown University.

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Photo of the "balloon bridge" erected this weekend. Photo: Olin Thompson