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Silver Creek Bridge Reopens to Two-Way Traffic

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Paul Vollaro Awarded Bristol’s 2020 Spirit of Christmas Award, Christmas Festival Committee

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Get Involved! Become a Poll Worker for the 2020 Election

Interested in being a poll worker?

Elections are a community endeavor and offer many opportunities for folks to get involved. One way to help your community on Election Day is to sign up to be a poll worker. Poll workers are individuals who work at the polling places on Election Day. They are a critical part of the election process and play a vital role in making sure everything runs smoothly for voters.

Under Rhode Island General Law 17-11-12, in order to work at the polling place an individual must be:

  • A registered voter in Rhode Island.
  • Able to read the Constitution of the state in English.
  • Able to write his/her own name.

Each city and town are responsible for recruiting people to work at their local polls. The State Board of Elections conducts trainings for poll workers to make sure they are prepared and understand the important role they play in improving access to the ballot box.

Poll workers receive a generous stipend and lunch & dinner at the polls.

We can really use your help! If you are interested in being a poll worker, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 401-253-7000, ext 131 for an application today.

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Community Development Press Releases

Bike Connector Update: Community Input Period Extended to November 10th

To allow more time for community members to study the project information and participate in the route evaluation process, the period for community input has been extended until November 10, 2020.  Key opportunities for participation will be:

  • Catch up on updated project information on the Bristol Bike Connector project website.
  • New Route Alternatives Map reflecting community input from the August 24, 2020 Community Outreach Meeting.
  • Updated details on potential bicycle/pedestrian facilities for Route Alternatives.
  • Project Information Booth at the State Street Fair on Saturday, September 19, 2020. 
  • Public input comments accepted and integrated in project planning through November 10, 2020.
  • Project update to the Bristol Town Council at its regularly scheduled September 30, 2020 meeting.
  • Community Outreach Meeting #2 on October 22, 2020. This will be a virtual meeting and the link will be available through the project website.
  • Public Hearing with Bristol Town Council (Date TBD).

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Bristol Pedestrian Protection Initiative/Silver Creek Bridge Update

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Get Involved! Visit the Bristol Bike Connector Project Website

Bristol, RI– The Town of Bristol has launched efforts to design and establish the Bristol Bicycle Connector, a series of improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities to connect the southern terminus of the East Bay Bike Path with the southern area of Bristol for safer and more efficient commuting and recreation.

The Town has convened a Steering Committee to help guide the planning process and build consensus for the preferred design concept.  In June, the Town selected the consultant team of Fuss & O’Neill and Toole Design to assist the Town with the Connector’s design. Over the next few months, the project team will be engaging the public to assess the routes and make recommendations for a preferred alternative. Once selected, the Town will move forward to complete the design and permitting of the chosen route. For the latest information on upcoming workshops and project plans, please visit the Bristol Bike Connector website using the link below.

The study is funded by a grant from the 2018 Green Economy Bond of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The program supports communities improving facilities for cycling and recreation. The Town of Bristol has no local match for this study.

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Trash Cart Waitlist

Bristol residents wishing to substitute for 35 gallon trash and recycling carts should call the Public Works office at 401-253-4100 ext. 4 to provide their name and address and they will be added to a list.  Residents will be notified when the minimum required order is filled and delivery of the carts is made to the Town. Thank you.

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Bristol Announces New Bicycle Connector Planning Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2020

CONTACT
Diane Williamson, AICP – Director of Community Development
Town of Bristol, RI
401-253-7000 x 126
dwilliamson@bristolri.gov

Bristol, RI– The Town of Bristol has launched efforts to design and establish the Bristol Bicycle Connector, a series of improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities to connect the southern terminus of the East Bay Bike Path with the southern area of Bristol for safer and more efficient commuting and recreation.

For the past several years, the Town of Bristol has been exploring options to enhance connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians in town. A focus has been on the connection from the Roger Williams University campus to the East Bay Bike Path and downtown Bristol to expand opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to commute and further integrate with the community and spur economic growth for downtown businesses.  

“We are very excited about the opportunity for a potential bicycle path to connect the end of the East Bay Bike Path to the southern part of Bristol.  There are many benefits for the residents, including an increased opportunity for more active recreation.” said Diane Williamson, Director of Community Development.    

 The Town has convened a Steering Committee to help guide the planning process and build consensus for the preferred design concept.  In June, the Town selected the consultant team of Fuss & O’Neill and Toole Design to assist the Town with the Connector’s design. During August and September 2020, the team will conduct an alternatives analysis to evaluate potential routes and engage with the public to assess the routes and make recommendations for a preferred alternative. Once selected, the Town will move forward to complete the design and permitting of the chosen route.

Members of the public can participate in the process in several ways:

  • Presentations and workshops will take place on Zoom, and links to all meetings will be on the Bristol Bicycle Connector website. The following events are currently scheduled:
    • Town Council presentation of Route Alternatives on 8/19/20 – 7 pm
    • Community Workshop to discuss Route Alternatives on 8/25/20 – 7 pm (Zoom Invite)
    • Town Council presentation of prioritized Route Alternatives on 9/9/20 – 7 pm
    • Community Workshop to discuss prioritized Route Alternatives on 9/16/20 – 7 pm
    • Presentation to Town Council on 9/30/20 – 7 pm

The study is funded by a grant from the 2018 Green Economy Bond of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The program supports communities improving facilities for cycling and recreation. The Town of Bristol has no local match for this study.

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Bristol Unveils New Town Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, August 14th, 2020, the Town of Bristol unveiled its revamped municipal website. The new bristolri.gov offers an improved, modernized look with a mobile-responsive and easy-to-navigate design.

In addition to its updated design, this website includes several new features/improvements:

  • Reformatted content and site structure to make the user experience more intuitive.
  • Improved site performance with faster load times and smoother transitions through the content.
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology as HTTPS protocols ensure a user’s internet connection to the site is secure.
  • Interactive content, including Bristol’s Places of Interest and Business Community Overview.

 “It was our goal to improve access to the Town’s online resources and make the site more user-friendly for our residents and taxpayers,” said Town Administrator Steven Contente.

Visitors to the site are advised that the www.bristolri.gov website may not be fully optimized with all its capabilities for the few weeks after the initial launch as the Town completes its transition.

To provide feedback or offer a suggestion on the new website, please email the Town at webmaster@bristolri.gov. Enjoy the site!

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Bristol Announces Retirement of Library Director Prescott

BRISTOL, RI-Earlier today, Library Staff and supporters gathered to celebrate Rogers Free Library Director Joan Prescott. Director Prescott announced her retirement after over 30 years of service to visitors of the Library. Joan has been integral in the successful operation and expansion of the Rogers Free Library. Director Prescott’s last day will be this Friday, August 14th, 2020. The Town of Bristol extends its best wishes and appreciates her many years of service. Pictured are Town Administrator Steven Contente and Town Treasurer Raquel Pellerin presenting Joan Prescott with the Town Coin at the Library.

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