RIDOT Closing Greystone Sluiceway Bridge on Johnston/North Providence Line

Effective Thursday, July 2, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will close the Greystone Sluiceway Bridge on the Johnston/North Providence line to protect public safety after dozens of overweight trucks were observed crossing the structurally deficient bridge, which is weight restricted at only 3 tons.

On a day in late May, the Department conducted a count and witnessed nearly 100 overweight vehicles crossing the bridge. During other spot inspections, RIDOT observed similar numbers of trucks over the 3-ton weight limit. RIDOT added more signs about the bridge posting, ahead of the original signs.

Police in both Johnston and North Providence patrolled the bridge over a two-week period earlier this month and gave out 66 citations and 18 warnings. Approximately one week after the patrols ended, RIDOT did another one-day survey and observed 25 overweight vehicles crossing the bridge.

Based on the condition of the bridge and the number and type of overweight vehicles that continue to ignore the posting signs and pass over the bridge, RIDOT decided to close the bridge until it can be replaced. The structure is currently funded for $2 million for reconstruction in 2022.

The 71-year-old timber bridge carries approximately 3,000 vehicles per day on Greystone Avenue over the Woonasquatucket River, between Riverside Avenue in Johnston and Waterman Avenue/Route 104 in North Providence.

Detour signs will be posted, directing traffic to follow a detour using Waterman Avenue and Putnam Pike (Route 44).

NPPD is asking for the use of Online Reporting for NON-Emergency Calls

North Providence Police Department’s K9 Dusko to get donation of body armor

COVID-19 Virus Update

March 3, 2020

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been identified in Rhode Island. There are 3 presumptive positive cases that have been identified by the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) and 38 individuals self-quarantined do to 2nd contact. All cases arrived from the same trip to Italy which points out the need to find out a person’s travel history and contact history during patient survey. Outreach to the people who were in direct contact with any of these three individuals is ongoing. These direct contacts will be self-monitoring for symptoms at home for 14 days with public health supervision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is managing contact tracing for people on the return flight that these three individual took back to the United States.

North Providence has been monitoring COVID-19 since its first discovery in China. The same Infectious control practice should be followed as for the flu of any other communicable disease. Because human coronaviruses most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, Rhode Islanders are reminded to take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses.

• Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
• Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.
• Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
• Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
At this time, we are at low risk and monitoring the situation. If COVID-19 escalates we are prepared to provide Town wide safety measures.

Director Emergency Management
John A Silva

Employment Opportunity: Bus Driver (Part-time)

The Salvatore Mancini Resource & Activity Center, a department of the Town of North Providence, is hiring a Part-Time Bus Driver.  Driver will be responsible for transporting North Providence senior members to and from the senior center.  Some additional local trips will also be included in this position as needed.  Approximately 20-25 hours per week. 


  • Operate a 21 Passenger Van.
  • Operate a Wheelchair Lift, ability to secure elder passengers’ wheelchairs to restraining devices to stabilize while in transit.
  • Maintain accurate records and logs of trip information as required.
  • Perform vehicle inspections.  Report mechanical issues or defects of the assigned vehicle prior to all departures.  


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must pass BCI Background Check
  • Satisfactory driving record
  • Ability to safely operate a passenger vehicle following a schedule
  • Good customer service skills preferred
  • Knowledge of North Providence roads and streets helpful


  • Valid Class C CDL drivers’ license with passenger endorsement required
  • First aid & CPR certification preferred, but not required.

To apply please email resume to  or apply in person at:

North Providence Mancini Center
Two Atlantic Blvd.
North Providence, RI 02911

Mayor Charles Lombardi Officially Swears in Colonel Arthur J. Martins as Chief of Police


Congratulations to Colonel Arthur J. Martins on his appointment last night to Chief of the Department.




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Rhode Island D.O.T. Director acknowledges NPPD’s DUI efforts

Rhode Island D.O.T. Director acknowledges Colonel David Tikoian and the officers of the North Providence Police Departments efforts to reduce drunk driving in the town.


Getting the Lead Out of Drinking Water by Replacing Residential Lead Service Lines – Video


See our page with local information: https://northprovidenceri.gov/remove-the-whole-lead-pipe-program/

Reducing exposure to lead is a public health priority for EPA. Unfortunately, years ago, lead was often used in the pipes that connect homes to the water main in the street. This video shows how two communities in New England, North Providence, Rhode Island and Claremont, New Hampshire, are using creative ways to finance the removal of lead service lines.

For more information about lead in drinking water, go to http://www.epa.gov/lead
For more about EPA: http://www.epa.gov/

NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on.

North Providence Police & Fire Departments Have Moved to the New Public Safety Complex

Mayor Charles Lombardi and Colonel David Tikoian are pleased to announce that all police operations have moved into the new Public Safety Complex as of 4:00 PM on August 12, 2019.

On August 13, 2019, Chief John Silva III announced that the North Providence Fire Dept Headquarters and Fire Station 1 have moved to the new Public Safety Complex. Fire Administrative offices include the office of the Chief of the Department, Fire Prevention, Emergency Medical Services, Division of Training and Safety, and Emergency Management.

The Public Safety Complex is located at 1835 Mineral Spring Ave., directly across from the North Providence High School.

Phone numbers remain the same. In cases of emergency the public is urged to call 911 for an immediate response.

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony and open house has been scheduled for September 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

Mayor’s Office Receives Kudos Over Town Hall Video

Mayor Charles Lombardi’s office has been receiving calls from all over the country, complimenting the professionalism of the Chief of Staff Richard Fossa and the transparency of the North Providence Town Hall.

Read more about it in The Valley Breeze:
No. Prov. aces First Amendment audit, wins global kudos

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