The Ministerial Road Preservation Association is a grassroots, all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of this designated scenic roadway, which dates back to the 17th century. Ministerial Road is Route 110 in Southern Rhode Island. It links Route 1 at Perryville to Route 138 in Kingston. Bordered by abundant rhododendron, mountain laurel, tree canopy and stone walls, Ministerial Road is adjacent to one of the top five biologically diverse wetlands in Rhode Island and a 41 acre Late Archaic Settlement listed in the National Register.
We focus on preservation needs associated with use of the road including; utility work, development issues, litter control, maintenance issues, and public awareness and education.
In 1994 Ministerial Road was named by Scenic America to its list of the Ten Most Endangered Scenic Byways in America because of the major reconstruction plans by the RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to widen, straighten and flatten the road. In late 1995, following years of public opposition, and MRPA’s development of an award winning alternative design proposal, RIDOT agreed to a compromise reconstruction plan. This resulted in a much needed simple repaving of the road with the introduction of some traffic calming measures to address safety without altering the character of the road.
Thanks to the work of MRPA, this small 6.4 mile road has positively contributed to the national debate on how to save our scenic and historic roads while so far retaining the qualities that have made it so special to generations of Rhode Islanders.