Assembly approves naming Woonsocket bike path after late N.S. resident Valliere

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STATE HOUSE – Woonsocket’s section of the Blackstone River Bike Path will soon be known as the Albert P. Valliere Bike Path under legislation sponsored by Sen. Melissa Murray and Rep. Stephen Casey, and approved by the General Assembly today.

Valliere, who passed away in 2020 at the age of 74, was a North Smithfield resident who was born in Woonsocket and was the CEO of Nation Wide Construction. He served on the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative and was named an Outstanding Smart Growth Leader in 2017 for his dedication to revitalizing the area and creating affordable housing in Rhode Island.

Murray described Valliere as a dedicated leader and contributor to the Woonsocket community, noting he lent his professional expertise to help city officials respond to affordable housing efforts.

 “Albert Valliere dedicated much of his life to making Woonsocket a better community for all of us, and particularly understood how important it is that every family has a home that is safe and welcoming,” said Murray, a Democrat representing District 24 in Woonsocket and North Smithfield. “He was a shining example of a business leader who genuinely cared about the community where he worked.”

“It’s very appropriate that our bike path, which is a beautiful recreational resource that makes Woonsocket a better place, will bear his name,” Murray added.

Valliere was also an avid triathlete who reportedly once biked 200 miles in a day, and was always the first out of the water in his age group.

“Naming the bike path for Albert Valliere is such a fitting tribute to a man who loved to ride and loved Woonsocket,” said Casey. “We are fortunate for all he did for our city.”

The Woonsocket City Council voted in February to support the bill. The legislation – 2024-S 24832024-H 8319 – now goes to the governor for signature.

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