Washington Secondary Rail Trail

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The Washington Secondary Bike path includes several bridges.
Truss bridge carrying the trail over the Pawtuxet River in Coventry, Rhode Island
Old switch aside the trail in Coventry, Rhode Island

The Washington Secondary Rail Trail (also known as the Washington Secondary Bike Path) is a rail trail located in Rhode Island.

The trail measures 19 miles (31 km) [1] and has sections which are paved and unpaved. It runs along an abandoned rail corridor of the former Hartford, Providence & Fishkill Railroad.

The trail serves the communities of Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick, and Cranston.

Long term plans envision the Washington Secondary Rail Trail connecting with the Blackstone River Bikeway, the East Bay Bike Path and the Moosup Valley State Park Trail in Connecticut.[2] The Washington Secondary Rail Trail is a designated section of the East Coast Greenway.

Coventry section[edit]

  • Coventry
  • distance 9.1 miles (14.6 km)

The Washington Secondary Bike Path starts near the Summit General Store on Log Bridge Road at the south/western paved end of the Coventry segment. West of this point, the trail is known as the Trestle Trail to the Ct state line. The pavement continues for 9.1 miles (14.6 km) north/east until the town line with West Warwick. Over the duration of the 4.0 paved miles, the Coventry greenway passes alongside the Flat River Reservoir, Knotty Oak Cemetery, the Merrill S. Whipple Conservation Area, and the upper branch of the Pawtuxet river over 4 bridges (3 water, 1 road, 1 of them a truss design). The path follows the direction of RI 117.

In 2014 the original Coventry Greenway section was rehabilitated and the 4.8 miles (7.7 km) Trestle Trail East section was added, extending the western end by almost five miles. Connecting the last section to the Connecticut border (and connection to the Moosup Valley State Park Trail) is planned which would bring the total length of the path to 24.0 miles (38.6 km).[3]

Trestle Trail Crossings (Unpaved)[edit]

Crossing Notes Coordinates
Flag of Connecticut.svg CT/Flag of Rhode Island.svg RI State

Border

Continuing on

Moosup Valley

State Park Trail

41°41′44″N 71°47′19″W / 41.6956°N 71.7886°W / 41.6956; -71.7886
Lewis Farm Rd. 41°41′25″N 71°45′41″W / 41.6902°N 71.7615°W / 41.6902; -71.7615
Rhode Island 117.svg Route 117 41°41′23″N 71°44′49″W / 41.6896°N 71.7470°W / 41.6896; -71.7470
Unpaved Trail's

End

41°41′26″N 71°42′00″W / 41.6906°N 71.7001°W / 41.6906; -71.7001
Bridge carrying the trail over the Pawtuxet River in West Warwick, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Route 117 bridge over the trail in West Warwick, Rhode Island

Paved Crossings[edit]

Crossing Notes Coordinates
Log Bridge Rd. Paved Trail's

Current Terminus

41°41′27″N 71°41′56″W / 41.6907°N 71.6990°W / 41.6907; -71.6990
Rhode Island 102.svg Route 102 Underpass 41°41′28″N 71°41′36″W / 41.6910°N 71.6933°W / 41.6910; -71.6933
Camp Westwood Rd. 41°41′28″N 71°40′56″W / 41.6910°N 71.6823°W / 41.6910; -71.6823
Williams Crossing Rd. 41°41′27″N 71°40′13″W / 41.6909°N 71.6704°W / 41.6909; -71.6704
Quidnick Brook 41°41′28″N 71°39′44″W / 41.6911°N 71.6622°W / 41.6911; -71.6622
Hill Farm Rd. 41°42′04″N 71°38′07″W / 41.7011°N 71.6352°W / 41.7011; -71.6352
Flat River Reservoir 41°42′12″N 71°37′42″W / 41.7034°N 71.6282°W / 41.7034; -71.6282
Private Dr. 41°42′14″N 71°37′33″W / 41.7039°N 71.6258°W / 41.7039; -71.6258
Acres of Pine Rd. 41°42′15″N 71°37′16″W / 41.7042°N 71.6210°W / 41.7042; -71.6210
Pinehaven Dr. 41°42′15″N 71°37′09″W / 41.7043°N 71.6193°W / 41.7043; -71.6193
Raymonds Point Rd. 41°42′08″N 71°36′26″W / 41.7023°N 71.6071°W / 41.7023; -71.6071
Whitehead Rd. 41°42′04″N 71°36′05″W / 41.7012°N 71.6015°W / 41.7012; -71.6015
Ayoho Rd. 41°42′03″N 71°36′01″W / 41.7009°N 71.6002°W / 41.7009; -71.6002
Industrial Rd. 41°41′52″N 71°35′07″W / 41.6979°N 71.5854°W / 41.6979; -71.5854
Rhode Island 117.svg Route 117 41°41′42″N 71°34′25″W / 41.6950°N 71.5737°W / 41.6950; -71.5737
Abbotts Crossing Rd. 41°41′42″N 71°34′25″W / 41.6949°N 71.5735°W / 41.6949; -71.5735
Station St. 41°41′32″N 71°33′53″W / 41.6923°N 71.5646°W / 41.6923; -71.5646
Holden St. 41°41′31″N 71°33′50″W / 41.6920°N 71.5638°W / 41.6920; -71.5638
Battey Ave. 41°41′29″N 71°33′40″W / 41.6913°N 71.5611°W / 41.6913; -71.5611
Rhode Island 117.svg Route 117/Rhode Island 33.svg Route 33 overpass 41°41′28″N 71°33′30″W / 41.6910°N 71.5583°W / 41.6910; -71.5583
Albro Ln. 41°41′33″N 71°33′30″W / 41.6924°N 71.5583°W / 41.6924; -71.5583
Mapledale St. 41°41′34″N 71°33′04″W / 41.6929°N 71.5512°W / 41.6929; -71.5512
South Branch

Pawtuxet River

river crossing 41°41′39″N 71°32′56″W / 41.6941°N 71.5488°W / 41.6941; -71.5488
Laurel Ave. 41°41′43″N 71°32′48″W / 41.6952°N 71.5467°W / 41.6952; -71.5467
Pawtuxet River river crossing 41°41′43″N 71°32′31″W / 41.6954°N 71.5419°W / 41.6954; -71.5419
Quidnick St. 41°41′42″N 71°32′21″W / 41.6950°N 71.5392°W / 41.6950; -71.5392
Pulaski St. 41°41′41″N 71°32′14″W / 41.6948°N 71.5373°W / 41.6948; -71.5373
Whitford St. 41°41′41″N 71°32′07″W / 41.6948°N 71.5353°W / 41.6948; -71.5353
W. Warwick Ave. underpass 41°41′42″N 71°32′02″W / 41.6950°N 71.5339°W / 41.6950; -71.5339
Coventry/West Warwick

town border

end of Coventry

segment of trail

41°41′43″N 71°31′59″W / 41.6953°N 71.5330°W / 41.6953; -71.5330

West Warwick section[edit]

The trail is paved from the Coventry section to the Warwick leg. The right of way passes by the commercial district of Arctic. Along the trail are two mills, one commercial/industry, and one Residential (Royal Mills, Ace Dying Mill complex). Bradford Soap Works straddles the greenway not far after.

Crossings[edit]

Crossings Notes Coordinates
Coventry/West Warwick

town border

end of West

Warwick segment

of trail

41°41′43″N 71°31′59″W / 41.6953°N 71.5330°W / 41.6953; -71.5330
Brookside Ave. 41°42′04″N 71°31′28″W / 41.7010°N 71.5245°W / 41.7010; -71.5245
Main St. underpass 41°42′07″N 71°31′24″W / 41.7020°N 71.5234°W / 41.7020; -71.5234
Rhode Island 33.svg Route 33 41°42′29″N 71°31′18″W / 41.7081°N 71.5217°W / 41.7081; -71.5217
Rhode Island 115.svg Route 115 overpass 41°42′50″N 71°31′12″W / 41.7138°N 71.5201°W / 41.7138; -71.5201
Hay St. 41°42′56″N 71°30′54″W / 41.7155°N 71.5150°W / 41.7155; -71.5150
Pawtuxet River river crossing 41°42′54″N 71°30′43″W / 41.7150°N 71.5119°W / 41.7150; -71.5119
Private Dr. 41°42′49″N 71°30′27″W / 41.7136°N 71.5074°W / 41.7136; -71.5074
West Warwick/Warwick

town border

end of West

Warwick segment

of trail

41°42′42″N 71°30′01″W / 41.7118°N 71.5002°W / 41.7118; -71.5002

Warwick section[edit]

  • Warwick
  • distance 1.57 miles (2.53 km)

It provides an almost direct connection to Bald Hill road and the Malls; (RI and Warwick). Another truss bridge is on the path nearby the West Warwick sewer treatment facility (the township line is nearby the greenway).

Crossings[edit]

Crossings Notes Coordinates
West Warwick/Warwick

town border

end of Warwick

segment of trail

41°42′42″N 71°30′01″W / 41.7118°N 71.5002°W / 41.7118; -71.5002
Rhode Island 33.svg Route 33 41°42′42″N 71°30′01″W / 41.7118°N 71.5002°W / 41.7118; -71.5002
East Ave. 41°43′14″N 71°29′14″W / 41.7206°N 71.4873°W / 41.7206; -71.4873
Pawtuxet River river crossing 41°43′33″N 71°29′08″W / 41.7259°N 71.4856°W / 41.7259; -71.4856
I-295 (big).svg I-295 underpass 41°43′44″N 71°29′05″W / 41.7289°N 71.4847°W / 41.7289; -71.4847
W. Natick Rd. 41°43′44″N 71°29′05″W / 41.7289°N 71.4847°W / 41.7289; -71.4847
Warwick/Cranston

town border

end of Warwick

segment of trail

41°43′55″N 71°29′02″W / 41.7319°N 71.4838°W / 41.7319; -71.4838

Cranston section[edit]

  • Cranston
  • distance 5.88 miles (9.46 km)

The longest paved section, the greenway passes though Oaklawn, Knightsville and the Gladstone sections of Cranston. The northern terminus at the moment ends at the northern end of Garfield avenue, at the Cranston Police department. The right of way, accessible almost up to the tracks continues north for .33 miles until it merges with Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

Crossings[edit]

Crossings Notes Coordinates
Warwick/Cranston

town border

end of Cranston

segment of trail

41°43′55″N 71°29′02″W / 41.7319°N 71.4838°W / 41.7319; -71.4838
Rhode Island 33.svg Route 33 underpass 41°44′04″N 71°28′59″W / 41.7345°N 71.4830°W / 41.7345; -71.4830
Wilbur Ave. overpass 41°44′47″N 71°28′46″W / 41.7464°N 71.4795°W / 41.7464; -71.4795
Rhode Island 37.svg Route 37 underpass 41°45′23″N 71°28′35″W / 41.7564°N 71.4765°W / 41.7564; -71.4765
Sherman Ave. 41°45′31″N 71°28′33″W / 41.7586°N 71.4757°W / 41.7586; -71.4757
Dean St. underpass 41°46′02″N 71°28′24″W / 41.7671°N 71.4733°W / 41.7671; -71.4733
Oaklawn Ave. underpass 41°46′36″N 71°28′07″W / 41.7766°N 71.4687°W / 41.7766; -71.4687
Uxbridge St. 41°46′42″N 71°28′00″W / 41.7784°N 71.4668°W / 41.7784; -71.4668
Rhode Island 12.svg Route 12 41°47′01″N 71°27′40″W / 41.7835°N 71.4610°W / 41.7835; -71.4610
Pocasset River river crossing 41°47′10″N 71°27′27″W / 41.7861°N 71.4575°W / 41.7861; -71.4575
Dyer Ave. 41°47′14″N 71°27′22″W / 41.7872°N 71.4560°W / 41.7872; -71.4560
Gansett Ave. underpass 41°47′23″N 71°27′09″W / 41.7897°N 71.4524°W / 41.7897; -71.4524
Burnham Ave. overpass 41°47′36″N 71°26′54″W / 41.7932°N 71.4483°W / 41.7932; -71.4483
Carolina Ave. 41°47′45″N 71°26′46″W / 41.7957°N 71.4462°W / 41.7957; -71.4462
Depot Ave. Current Trail's

Terminus

41°48′05″N 71°26′36″W / 41.8014°N 71.4433°W / 41.8014; -71.4433

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