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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 01-09-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET JANUARY 9-15, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – After some discussions in recent weeks about possible cutbacks to the Pawtucket portion of the Broad Street regen- eration project as a means of cost savings, all local components of the project are back on board, say officials. The project manager has indicat- ed that the scope of the Pawtucket portion of the three-community project will remain the same as previously discussed, said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien. "This includes improvements to the Broad/Goff/Exchange Street intersection," he said. Charles St. Martin, spokesman for RIDOT, said the 3.2-mile proj- ect through Pawtucket, Central Falls and Cumberland will now cost about $2 million more than the original estimate of $11.5 mil- lion based on additional work needed to accommodate requests from the three communities. These changes include added drainage systems along Broad Street in Cumberland, which requires relocation of underground utility ducts, and changes request- ed by the city of Pawtucket at the intersection of Broad Street and Exchange Street to make it safer and more friendly to pedestrians. The original scope of the project did not include that intersection, said St. Martin. The project is going forward with the dollars provided in the state's Transportation Improvement Plan, said St. Martin. The $11.5 million project, cou- pled with what is now $2 million in additional funding, is subject to an amendment of the improve- ment plan this spring. Tentatively, RIDOT intends to advertise for a contractor this summer. Construction could begin later this year or early in 2020, but that schedule has not been determined, said St. Martin. Construction has previously been slated for this spring. St. Martin confirmed this week that a Cumberland portion of the project, from Church Street to Mendon Road, will be scaled back to just paving instead of a complete reconstruction as a cost- saving measure. "That segment is in better condi- tion than the southern segment where the reconstruction is need- ed," he said. RIDOT has been meeting monthly with representatives from all three communities, who are aware of all changes and RIDOT's plans moving forward, said St. Martin. In addition to the Pawtucket intersection work, "this important project retains the origi- nal scope which includes pave- ment reconstruction, stormwater drainage work, turning/parking lanes, sidewalks, streetscape ame- nities and shade trees." A new and improved Broad Street, with better drainage, safer sidewalks, street trees and other changes, is expected to help reju- venate an underutilized corridor long targeted for redevelopment efforts. Costs of Broad Street project go up; Pawtucket intersection back in plans Work no longer starting this spring By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Education commissioner to host forum at Nathanael Greene School PAWTUCKET – All are welcome to Nathanael Greene Elementary for a community forum event, hosted by Commissioner of Education for Rhode Island Department of Education Ken Wagner on Wednesday, Jan. 23. During the event, which will begin at 4 p.m. at the school's campus at 285 Smithfield Ave., Wagner is expected to discuss the state's priorities and goals in terms of education, and will likely dis- cuss newly renovated schools and how they're making an impact, Pawtucket school officials said. A question-and-answer session will be held at the event, and the pur- pose of the community forum is to keep Pawtucket and Rhode Island residents at large "in the loop" about what's next in primary and secondary education in the state, school officials said. "We encourage Pawtucket residents to attend the community forum to learn more about how we continue to put students first, about opportunities in the district and how we can con- tinue to expand the progress made in the district for our children," said Supt. Patti DiCenso. WAGNER Place your classified ad online at

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