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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-20-2018

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2 CUMBERLAND SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION RIDOT: Diamond Hill Road bridge may need to close for future repairs CUMBERLAND – A small but critically important bridge connect- ing Diamond Hill Road north of Nate Whipple Highway to the rest of town is up for major repairs in the near future, says a spokesman with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Residents noticed new orange and white barriers appear on the sidewalks of the bridge near the intersection of Nate Whipple and Diamond Hill Road over the past couple of weeks, prompting The Breeze to ask local and state officials about them. Public Works Director Bob Anderson said Monday he was unaware of the purpose for the bar- ricades, but after a call to RIDOT, learned they were "recently placed along the bridge to keep vehicular loads off the sidewalks. Specifically, they did not want trucks mounting the sidewalk for safety as they did not want the bridge sidewalks over that span to be subject to any additional loading." He said he was correct in his assumption that there is no imminent bridge repair project planned. RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said the barriers were placed to prevent any weight on the sidewalk portion of the bridge "from an errant truck striking the sidewalk and mount- ing the curb." "The bridge is being evaluated now, looking at its current condition, determining a scope of repairs and evaluating available funding," he said by email. After initially saying this week that the bridge could be up for replace- ment in 2019, St. Martin said the span is not on next year's schedule. "We are evaluating it along with many other projects to determine when it can be programmed for repair, but we don't have a timeframe to share right now," he said. A visit to the bridge, which takes Diamond Hill Road over a brook run- ning to the Arnold Mills Reservoir near Bentley Field, shows extensive cracking and missing chunks of con- crete in the sidewalks. Asked if the bridge would need to be shut down to complete repairs, St. Martin said, "I don't know that yet. They would need to proceed through the design to determine the extent of repairs, which would determine the impact to traffic and whether it would have to be closed completely or just partially to do the work." Even a partial closing of the bridge would have a dramatic impact on traffic in town, with many commuters using these roads to get to major high- ways and thousands of people using the road all year to get back and forth from Diamond Hill Park and other points north. Motorists are experiencing a double hit with road construction along Diamond Hill Road this year, with a double roundabout project at Route 295 and water line replacement proj- ect from Route 295 to Nate Whipple Highway happening at the same time. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor This BRIDGE ON DIAMOND HILL ROAD near Nate Whipple Highway in Cumberland is set to be replaced soon, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The bridge's sidewalks, now closed off with RIDOT barriers, are broken and sunken. Final Chase Farm concert is Saturday LINCOLN – The final perfor- mance of this summer's Chase Farm Concert Series will be this Saturday, Sept. 22, at the park, 669 Great Road. The Reggie Centracchio Band will perform, beginning at 4 p.m. The performance was rescheduled from Aug. 25. Please note there will be no food trucks at this event. Music in the Park is Sunday at Diamond Hill CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department is organizing Music in the Park and Food Truck Rally this Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Diamond Hill Park, 4097 Diamond Hill Road. Kelley Lennon will entertain with popular music, Broadway tunes, jazz and other music for all ages. Gotta Q Smokehouse and Mickey G's Clam Shack will serve food. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call 401- 334-9996 with questions. Church hosts movie night CUMBERLAND – Cumberland Community Christian Church, 481 Broad St., will host "Under the Stars Family Movie Night" on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Event will be held rain or shine. "Facing The Giants" will be shown, and popcorn, chips, candy and bottled water will be provided. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Held inside the church hall if it rains. Admission is free.

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