September Newsletter – Coastal innovations, compliance regulations, and career fairs!

September 7, 2023

Urban Coastal Greenway Starts Exciting New Chapter for Providence

“The completion of the Urban Coastal Greenway marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Providence’s future,” said Mayor Brett P. Smiley at a recent ribbon cutting event. “This project has achieved a decades-long vision to transform our City, revitalize our greenspaces, and make our beautiful waterfront accessible to all.”

Led by Wexford Science + Technology and in conjunction with Rhode Island Energy and the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, BETA provided master planning, permitting, civil/site engineering, landscape architecture, green infrastructure components, and stormwater management services throughout this four-phase project. Read more here.

Are You Ready for PROWAG?

Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) ensure that sidewalks, crossings, and pedestrian facilities are accessible and usable for people with disabilities. From widened pathways to audible pedestrian signals, PROWAG sets a new standard of inclusivity. Effective September 7, 2023, compliance becomes obligatory, marking a pivotal moment in enhancing the accessibility of public spacesRead more here.

The Rhode Island Municipal Road and Bridge Fund Program: Empowering Local Infrastructure

Well-maintained roads and bridges are critical for economic development, public safety, and quality of life for Rhode Island residents. With this understanding, the state of Rhode Island recently established an initiative to support local municipalities in maintaining and enhancing their road and bridge networks. The Rhode Island Municipal Road and Bridge Fund Program, administered by RIDOT, makes $20 million available to fund important road, bridge, and sidewalk projects on locally maintained city and town roads. This program empowers municipalities to address pressing infrastructure needs and foster sustainable growth. Read more here.

Upcoming Career Fairs

We’re excited to attend career fairs at the following schools this fall. This is your chance to connect with us, learn about our opportunities, and explore a future with BETA.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (9/14)
University of Connecticut (9/20)
University of New Hampshire (9/26)

University of Rhode Island (10/4)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy (10/4)
University of Massachusetts – Amherst (10/6)
University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth (10/17)
University of Massachusetts – Lowell (10/19)
Wentworth Institute of Technology (10/24)
Central Connecticut State University (10/26)

Hope to see you there!

Will we see you at the Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop?

This workshop brings together environmental experts, consultants, developers, attorneys, academics, and real estate professionals for impactful sessions that empower and inspire. We’re especially excited for this year’s theme, “Reimagining Brownfields: Strategies for Successful Redevelopment.”

BETA’s very own brownfields expert, Marylou Armstrong, LSP, will be a panelist on Tuesday, September 19th at 2:15 pm to discuss BETA’s role on the Saint-Gobain project that recently received a $2M brownfields cleanup grant. Click here for the conference agenda.