Senator Reed joined Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebian, city and state leaders, and representatives from the Pawtucket Riverfront Commission, the Pawtucket Foundation, and Slater Mill to celebrate the completion of the Pawtucket Riverwall Project and the opening of a new city bike path with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
As a result of widespread flooding in Rhode Island in April 2010, the riverwall behind City Hall was seriously damaged. The wall, which protects both City Hall and the historic Slater Mill, required extensive repairs that were funded in large part by federal funding from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and the National Resource Conservation Service.
In the last three years alone, Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has help to secure nearly $20 million in federal CDBG-DR funds for Rhode Island, designed to aid long-term recovery efforts and support a variety of infrastructure projects, including housing, economic development, and flood prevention.
The new bike path will connect to an existing bike path in Providence, offering an improved link between the cities.