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The North Providence Breeze 04-10-2019

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION 10,500 vehicles per day and is clas- sified as structurally deficient. It has a 15-ton weight limit for cars and a 34-ton weight limit for large trucks. The bridge will be rebuilt in its origi- nal footprint, with new sidewalks on both sides, according to a release Monday from RIDOT. During the bridge's closure, all traf- fic will follow a detour using Cushing Street, to Smithfield Road to Lubec Street. Lombardi said motorists com- ing from the North Providence side will use Cushing Street near where the Geneva Fire Station used to be. When people realize there's a detour here, said the mayor, he expects many of them to seek out easy alter- nate routes, including coming down Twin River Road over to Route 146, going left or right on Mineral Spring Avenue, down Mineral Spring Avenue to Woodward Road, or "a few other ways" available to them. "Once people are informed of their alternative routes, I think it's going to be OK," he said. Very few businesses in this particular area depend on drive- by traffic, he said. Because the bridge will be complete- ly demolished, it also will be closed for pedestrians. RIDOT has coordi- nated with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and nearby housing complexes to offer a free para-transit service that residents can use from their homes to businesses on the other side of the bridge. The free service will remain throughout the duration of the bridge closure. BRIDGE From Page One THE DETOUR MAP around the Geneva Pond Bridge in North Providence. citations, issued 20 written warnings and given seven verbal warnings for violations of the law. The department's records manage- ment system shows local police have made 423 vehicle stops as a result of officers witnessing drivers violat- ing the law against holding a phone while driving, said Chief David Tikoian this week. A monthly breakdown provided to The North Providence Breeze shows the overall number of stops declin- ing in 2019 compared to the first few months of implementation in the second half of 2018. As a result of vehicle stops made by officers who saw violations of the hands-free law, 20 arrests were made, including two DUI arrests, a possession of stolen property arrest, two outstanding warrant arrests, and numerous motor vehicle arrests, including operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, said Tikoian. "Our officers remain vigilant in enforcing the 'hands-free' statute, as well as numerous other motor vehi- cle statutes associated with distracted driving, to make the roads safer in our community," he said. "I am proud of the emphasis our officers place upon traffic enforce- ment. From my perspective, there is a direct correlation between the decrease in crime and the visibility of our officers conducting traffic stops for motor vehicle violations in our town." The 396 summonses issued between June of last year and April 8 of this year break down as follows: 2018 June - 54 July - 48 August - 38 September - 35 October - 101 November - 32 December - 28 2019 January - 26 February - 7 March - 24 April - 3 (as of April 8) The Breeze has reported that the majority of tickets for violations of the hands-free law are being handed out on Mineral Spring Avenue and Smith Street. Enforcement of the law has a direct impact on reducing car crashes, says Tikoian. TICKETS From Page One TIKOIAN IN BRIEF Washington Trust shred day Saturday at Mancini Center NORTH PROVIDENCE – Washington Trust, at 1588 Mineral Spring Ave., is planning a shred day event this Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd. The event is a free service to the community and allows people to bring boxes of personal documents to be safely and securely shred in the Shred-It truck parked on site. This promotes security and protec- tion against identity theft. ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Publisher Tom Ward at 401-334-9555, ext. 123 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Entertainment news is Friday at noon. All other news is Monday 3 p.m. • Submit: We prefer receiving news via e-mail. Send yours to You may also fax or mail your item. Receipt does not guarantee publication. 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Bids will be received until 2 p.m. on May 16, 2019 at the Woonsocket Housing Authority (WHA), Attn: Susan Castrataro and publicly opened at the WHA, 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. The bid package will be available on line at in Bid Opportunities under the Procurement heading. Questions regarding this bid may be directed to Susan Castrataro at 401-767-8062. Robert Moreau Executive Director "An Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer" TDD 1-800-745-6575

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