New Traffic Light for Division Street

by | Jun 26, 2020

Above: The new traffic signal on Division Street at Sanctuary Drive.

There was a time not that long ago (two decades?) when a person could drive from downtown East Greenwich all the way to downtown Providence and not encounter one traffic light. Truth!

That is no longer the case and perhaps we are all safer – if slower – because of it. Now there is another traffic signal on Division Street at Sanctuary Drive, flashing yellow but sometime soon it will become a functional traffic light. 

According to Charles St. Martin, a spokesman for the state Dept. of Transportation, the new signal is part of the Division Street bridge project over Route 4. The bridge is to be rebuilt over the next couple of years; a temporary bridge is going up just north of the current bridge. 

But St. Martin also said the light at Sanctuary Drive would be permanent. He said the decision to install a new traffic signal was made by the state Traffic Commission after a study reviewing traffic volume, crash data and other information. The new signal was approved last fall.

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June 27, 2020 8:05 am

🙁 Division Street is becoming a horrible drive.

Karen A Pertuso
Karen A Pertuso
June 27, 2020 10:18 pm

We have been trying to get one on RT 117 in Warwick coming out of Pilgrim Estates for years and it is a state road. Not happening here because they say too close to the next one. Really so isn’t this one. It could be one that trips only when people are pulling out of Pilgrim Estate. We have had many accidents at this location,

kenneth goodreau
kenneth goodreau
June 28, 2020 7:36 am

Someone got a payoff here. This area is already a bottleneck for the morning commute. I’d like to see who is proposing it stays and they be held accountable when it’s a mess. I’ve seen temporary lights around the state, and this one is built with the intention of being permanent.

June 29, 2020 12:06 am

I drive this road several times everyday and there is always backed up traffic due to too many lights i understand safety and i think this does just the opposite its too many as well as too close to all the others around it.

June 28, 2020 7:15 pm

About time – i hate that road – I got hit in car accident bad on that road.

June 29, 2020 7:25 am

7 lights in total just for this one Driveway, including 2 for the folks in the house across the street. Where is the oversight audit on this one? A waste of taxpayers money!


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