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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 WOONSOCKET 15 sion to repair the state's structurally deficient bridges and keep these structures safe," he wrote in a state- ment. "The decision to reschedule some projects affects other areas of our transportation program, most notably the pavement program and the bike program." On the list of projects set for delay is Cumberland Hill Road, a state road that Woonsocket Public Works Director Steven D'Agostino says has been a sore spot for city officials for several years. According to D'Agostino, the state allotted approximately $150,000 to repair sections of the road in 2015, but was scheduled to go out to bid for a full repaving in 2019. "The road is in deplorable condi- tion," he said. "Even though it's been patched, there are sections that are just horrible. The sidewalks need to be replaced and there are many defi- ciencies on this road." In the latest version of the pro- posed TIP changes, $180,000 has been cut from the project budget, with the start date delayed five years until 2024. D'Agostino said he learned of the changes dur- ing a meeting with state officials and the city's interim Economic Development Director Scott Gibb last month. "In my opinion, that's very short- sighted, and it's the opinion of Scott Gibbs and the mayor as well," he said. "This is the main road to Highland Corporate Park, which houses the third largest company in the country (CVS)." Other projects set for delays include improvements to Main Street and Social Street and improve- ments on Route 146A between Park Avenue and Greenville Road. A repaving of Mendon Road between Cumberland Hill Road and the state line was reduced by $3.9 million and pushed back from 2026 to 2027, though St. Martin noted the state is looking into performing a temporary patching before that date. "We are aware of the pavement condition and we're looking to see if we could make an interim repair," he said. In North Smithfield, the changes resulted in $7.7 million in cuts and delayed start times for repaving of Route 146 from Route 146A to the state line, as well as $6 million in cuts to projects along Route 102 and Greenville Road. A project along School Street saw an additional $1.7 million in funding in the latest ver- sion of the TIP but a delayed start time that will push it back to 2024. Construction of the Blackstone River Bikeway will also be impacted by the changes, with shifting time- lines moving start dates for some segments sooner and delaying oth- ers. As a result, a downtown seg- ment running from Market Square to Cold Spring Park is now expected to start construction before a final segment running from the River's Edge Recreation Complex. Work will continue as scheduled on a section currently under construction along Truman Drive. According to St. Martin, the amended TIP plan prioritizes repairs to the state's crumbling bridges, only 78 percent of which are currently rated structurally sufficient. Federal law mandates that 90 percent of the state's bridges be structurally suffi- cient by 2025. "RIDOT has amended the TIP in a manner that ensures the safety of the thousands of Rhode Islanders who travel our roads and bridges every day," he wrote. "We are also under a federal mandate to have no more than 10 percent of our bridges rated structurally deficient. We will use our funds to accomplish this mis- sion." The cuts, he noted, are in the form of a proposed amendment and have not yet been formally approved. BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM A repaving of CUMBERLAND HILL ROAD scheduled to go out to bid this year has been postponed until 2024 due to cuts to the state's 10-year Transportation Improvement Program. DELAYS From Page One years ago. "It does happen quite a bit, believe it or not. I think it's nice that it does happen," said Robidoux. While not everyone finds love in the seniors' group, he added that many who attend find close friend- ships in the groups' meetings and social activities. He encouraged any senior looking to stay engaged with their community to join a club. No one, he said, should be alone, and for him and Fran, friendship was just the first step in a loving relationship. "We always had fun," he said. "Friendship I think is probably the key to all this, and we're super friends." LOVE From Page 2 Harris Library lists school vacation programs WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Harris Public Library announces the following February school vacation week events. Registration and tickets will be avail- able beginning Monday, Feb. 11. To register, call 401-769-9044, ext. 2. Monday, Feb. 18 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Preschool Sensory Story Time. This is a new interactive story time program that can be enjoyed by children, ages 3-5, of all abilities and sensibilities with their adult caregiver. • 1-2 p.m.: Learn to Code with Scratch Jr., Feb. 18, 19, 20. Students in grades 3-5 sign up for all four con- secutive classes. • 3-4 p.m.: Rob Roy Academy pre- sentation. Lisa Goodnow will discuss the history of Rob Roy, her experi- ences since she started working with them, financial aid options, and the different courses available. Open to students in middle school, high school, and adults. To reserve a spot, call 401-769-9044. • 4-4:45 p.m.: Sensory Exploration Fun. Great for ages 5-10 with adult. Register by calling 401-769-9044, ext. 2. Walk-ins are welcome, as long as there is comfortable space in the room for all. Tuesday, Feb. 19 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Preschool Playdough Time. Have fun playing with homemade playdough. Make shapes and fun designs with cookie cutters and rollers and playdough stamps. Great for ages 3-6. • 1-2 p.m.: Learn to Code with Scratch Jr. • 2-3 p.m.: Biomes: Animals form the Sea. Learn about animals like starfish, horseshoe crabs, and puff- erfish. There will be real animals in this show. Open to ages 3 1/2 and up with adult. Tickets available Monday, Feb. 11. Wednesday, Feb 20 • 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5 years with adult. Kids will listen to stories and make a craft to take home. • 1-2 p.m.: Learn to Code with Scratch Jr. • 6-7 p.m.: Making Bath Bombs. An evening program for children ages 10 and older, adults, and fami- lies. Registration is required and lim- ited to 20 participants. Call 401-769- 9044 or stop by in person. Thursday, Feb. 21 • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: "Dog Man:" The Book Discussion. Students in grades 3-5 are who have read the book are invited to this book discussion which will include games and snacks. • 6-7 p.m.: Family Music Night with Anne Marie Forer. Program includes fingerplays, movement activities and rhythm instrument play. Suitable for ages 6 and under. Friday, Feb 22 • 2-4:30 p.m.: Teen Time. The program includes games, snacks, and a chance to use the Playstation VR headset. Open to middle and high school students. Saturday, Feb. 23 • 1-2 p.m.: Lego Builder's Club for ages 5 and up. An adult must be with the child at all times in the program room for safety. • 2-4 p.m.: Make a Volcano. Children in grades 1 and up will watch a short video on how volca- noes are formed and use modeling clay, playdough and more to create a volcano.

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