Rep. Edwards and Rep. Canario announce RIDOT to remove barrier of water access to Nanaquaket Pond in Tiverton
STATE HOUSE — Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) and Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton) are pleased to announce that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be removing a barrier that has been erected on Nanaquaket Road in Tiverton that blocks access to an inlet of Narragansett Bay.
Representative Edwards and Representative Canario have previously called for RIDOT to remove the barriers that are preventing Rhode Islanders from accessing the public land along the water.
“Every Rhode Islander has a constitutional right to access the shoreline, and parking for these areas is rare if ever available. For the state to take away any of these spots was just unfathomable and unjust to the many residents looking to simply enjoy and experience why our state is called ‘The Ocean State’. Thankfully, our calls have been answered and beginning soon, this beautiful piece of state coastline will once again be accessible to the citizens of our community,” said Representative Canario.
“The closing off of this long-time parking area enjoyed by my constituents in order to satisfy a single abutter was not only unfair but also shameful,” explained Representative Edwards. “I am pleased that RIDOT has finally listened to the community and will begin the process of removing the curbing and landscaping, hopefully to be completed by Labor Day of this year.”
The spot in question is a strip of land just to the west of Nanaquaket Bridge, which spans the waterway and borders the districts of Representatives Edwards and Canario. Complaints about the barrier began in January, resulting in Representatives Edwards and Canario urging RIDOT to rectify the situation.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903