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Officials say a proposal to build a pedestrian bridge over the Providence River that was marred by several long delays is back on track following recent negotiations.

State transportation spokeswoman Lisbeth Pettengill says Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials expect to award a bid for the project in October.

The DOT and the I-95 Redevelopment District Commission reached an agreement to spend about $6 million more than an earlier estimate for construction because July bids exceeded the $13.2 million allocated for the project.

The bridge would connect downtown Providence to the city's College Hill and Fox Point neighborhoods.

Sharon Steele, president of the nonprofit Building Bridges Providence, says it's time to celebrate after trying to get the bridge and parks built for 10 years.


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