URI Flagg Road Extension And New Parking Area

Client: University Of Rhode Island

Construction Cost: $3.1M

Key Facts:

  • Site/Civil Engineering
  • Roadway Design
  • Utilities
  • Permitting

As an important and integral part of the University’s Capital Improvement Program, a new roadway, referred to as the Flagg Road Extension, has been constructed in the northwest section of the Kingston campus. At approximately 1,850 feet in length, this new roadway provides a smooth and more direct connection between the existing Flagg Road, which runs east-west along the northerly campus boundary, and Plains Road. In addition, the roadway will enhance safety by eliminating the need for motorists to traverse a portion of the campus which, at times, is congested with other vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

As a supplement to the roadway project, GRA also designed a new 426-space parking area adjacent to the roadway extension, including access roads, with this new parking to become contiguous with an existing student commuter parking lot at that location. GRA’s work on the parking area included the design of the pavement structure, site grades, storm water drainage system, lighting and security equipment. The project was designed in an  environmentally prudent manner in accordance with the policies and standards set forth in the 2010 Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual (RIDEM and CRMC, 2010). Consistent with those standards, the proposed design employs permeable pavement and an infiltration basin for the management of site runoff.

Also incorporated into the parking area design were provisions for both RIPTA buses serving the campus and the internal URI shuttle.