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Barrington and Warren East Bay Bike Path Bridges Closed for Safety Concerns

Recently passed TIP amendment moves funds up for replacement spans

From RIDOT: The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) today announced the closure of the Barrington River and Palmer River bike path bridges, which carry the East Bay Bike Path, starting Friday, November 1. They will be replaced.

RIDOT has inspected these wooden deck bridges every three months. Both bridges are structurally deficient and have advanced deterioration of structural elements. Originally used by the Providence, Warren and Bristol Railroad, the bridges date back to 1900 and were repurposed in 1990 as part of the original construction of the bike path. Two years ago, RIDOT closed the sidewalks on both structures because of the deteriorating condition of the bridges.

"It's no secret that our bridges are suffering from years of deterioration and lack of proper funding for repairs. Unfortunately, that is true when it comes to these two bike path bridges," RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, Jr. said. "Based on the level of deterioration we’re seeing, we must close them for the safety of all path users."

"Our scenic bikeways add to the beauty and quality of recreating and living in Rhode Island," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "Although it may pose an inconvenience for East Bay Bike Path users, performing repairs and maintenance are necessary in order to ensure public access and enhance enjoyment of these recreational assets. There are more than 60 miles of bike paths in Rhode Island that are used by nearly two million people each year."

As part of the recently approved major amendment to the state’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), RIDOT moved up the funding to replace these bridges by three years. RIDOT will begin design work shortly, and that work will be ongoing next year. As design advances, RIDOT will create a construction schedule. The bridges will remain closed during this process. $10 million has been allocated for this work.

During the closure, signs will direct path users to dismount and walk their bikes on the sidewalks of the nearby vehicular bridges. Shoulder widths are narrow on these brides, and riding over the bridges is not recommended.


Governor Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Sale of Flavored e-Cigarettes

Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Health to establish emergency regulations prohibiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The Executive Order also puts in place a number of other measures designed to the curb the initiation of e-cigarette use by young people.

Statement from Michael W. Carroll, Barrington Town Council President:

Barrington has long been concerned with the effects of these new tobacco products on our youth. We passed an ordinance raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 and, when it was struck down on the grounds that only the General Assembly can make such a law, we appealed. I applaud the Governor for her bold action in issuing an order that will protect the people of Barrington and all Rhode Islanders, especially our youth, from these dangerous products.


Pipeline Leak Repair Slated to Begin in September; New Water Restrictions in Place

Contractor to begin work to fix on-going leak. BCWA switched back to East Providence water on September 17 with water use reduction requested.

From BCWA: The Bristol County Water Authority's (BCWA) selected contractor is to begin repairs to the East Bay pipeline. The BCWA has made a smooth transition to our backup water supply with the City of East Providence. BCWA customers will notice no difference in the water quality, as East Providence is also supplied by the Providence Water Supply Board.

As of Tuesday, 9/24, outdoor water use will be allowed on odd/even days based on street address. (House addresses ending in an odd number can water on odd calendar days; addresses ending in an even number on even days.)

Depending on water consumption, BCWA may need to enforce bans throughout the construction period (anticipated to take eight weeks). We ask that customers also conserve indoor water consumptions throughout this time period.

The work will be conducted by Biszko Construction Services of Fall River, Mass, which was awarded the bid.

Timeline and budget

Biszko will begin construction the week of September 23rd. Repair of the pipeline is expected to take 8 weeks, barring unexpected findings and inclement weather. BCWA will remain connected to the East Providence supply during the repair. The estimated cost for the project is approximately $3.4 million, including a contingency for unexpected conditions.

Customers can learn more at or by calling the BCWA Emergency Hotline (401) 245-5071 (after 4 pm) or the Customer Service line (401) 245-2022.


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Financial Town Meeting | FY2021 Budget


2020 Elections

For up-to-date information on voting click the link below.

Mail Ballot Application - Attachment

Presidential Primary
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
All Polls Open: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Budget Hearing, non-voting
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
7:00 pm
Barrington Middle School

Financial Town Meeting (FTM)
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
7:00 pm
Barrington High School

Primary Election
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
All Polls Open: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

(The Board of Elections is asking the RI General Assembly to move the date of this Primary. Please continue to review this page to see the latest update for the September Primary date.)

General Election
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
All Polls Open: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Town Clerk’s office at 247-1900 x1


Age-Friendly Barrington: Help us enrich Barrington's community of support for older residents.

Age-Friendly Barrington Report to the Community - February 2019 Attachment

Questions, please contact:

Laura at 401-465-7378 or email

Pat Keefe at 401-245-2198 or email

Employment Opportunities

Latest openings are posted on the Employment Opportunities page.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Town Council is looking for volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions.

Eco-Depot - Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

Eco-Depot is a free service for properly disposing of household hazardous waste from RI households (for non-residential hazardous waste disposal click here). You can make an appointment for an Eco-Depot collection via Appointments are made to minimize wait times at the facility.

Town of Barrington Animal Control

Animal Control page has the latest lost and found listing of dogs, cats and other animals in Barrington.

Warming Shelters

The Library, 281 County Road, is available as a warming shelter during their normal hours.
Also, the Public Safety Building, 100 Federal Road, has a generator and the lobby is always available for warming.

In the case of a state-wide event, East Providence High School is the designated shelter for Barrington. These events would be announced over the local media outlets and the website.

For Your Information

On-Line Permitting Available

cmputerE-permitting in Barrington is available through the Rhode Island's state web-based system. Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as building, demolition, electrical, mechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:

Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Caroline Joyce at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or for additional information. 

Recycling, Composting, Reduce & Reuse Tips

binRI Resource Recovery's website includes tips and other information on recycling, composting, reducing and reusing, etc.


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