Pawtucket/Central Falls TOD Station District GSI Improvements

For the first phase of this project, Fuss & O’Neill was hired by the City of Pawtucket to develop a city-wide plan to holistically address stormwater pollution, with special emphasis on future design and construction of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) that would address stormwater while adding neighborhood amenities.

We advanced this project by being selected to provide engineering, permitting, and construction services focused on climate resiliency and improving infrastructure within the City’s planned Transit-oriented Development (TOD) District. The contract included GSI practices, developing a district-wide stormwater permitting master plan, and developing GSI ownership and maintenance educational materials.

We are providing design services for the GSI improvements along Pine Street in the TOD district, and including neighborhood amenities such as parklets. The project consists of incorporating GSI into the primary access to the new train station from Main Street and redesigning an existing road to provide multi-modal access to these new public transit facilities. GSI has been incorporated into the design to improve neighborhood livability and attract redevelopment. Planters were designed to minimize future DPW maintenance while adding neighborhood parklets and creating multi-modal access to the new train station.

This TOD project centers on development of a $47M commuter rail station and intermodal bus hub. RIDOT will construct improvements to Pine Street between Goff Avenue and the rail right-of-way, a bus turn-around, and a “kiss and ride” area on Pine Street, directly south of the rail right-of-way. We are providing planning, design, and construction support of reconstructed access to new train station (Pawtucket Central Line Station) and RIPTA bus station.

The concept was presented in a charrette format to critical stakeholders in the district including: direct abutters, RIDOT train station project management team, RI State Planning Commission, and City officials.