As you are aware, sidewalks around the schools on Pleasant View Avenue are being replaced with ones that meet ADA requirements. When entering Gallagher from Indian Run Trail, the sidewalk at that corner has a different surface than other sidewalls. Ryan Coutu from RI Department of Transportation explains why.
This sidewalk is a special mix made specifically for this project as a sort of test to see how well the pervious concrete performs in the hopes that more projects will use this mix when the sidewalk crosses over water. The project manager explained this was offered to all other cities in the state but Smithfield and Woonsocket were the only cities to accept this as part of the contract work. Gallagher Middle School is the first location in the state to have this sidewalk. It does appear at first glance to be far different than a traditional monolithic sidewalk, though it will perform as a traditional sidewalk with the added benefit of letting water pass through instead of collecting on top. We will see how this performs in winter weather, as it is designed to mitigate cracking during the freeze/thaw period of the year.