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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-09-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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4 NORTH SMITHFIELD MAY 9-15, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Residents frustrated with Old Great Road bridge delays Town plans to pave two miles of roadway NORTH SMITHFIELD – A road closure originally slated to last three weeks as part of bridge maintenance by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is now in its fourth month, and residents are looking for answers about the delays. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski told The Breeze he's been contacted by several residents frustrated with the continued closure of Old Great Road, also known as Connector Road, off Victory Highway near the town's border with Millville. A por- tion of the road that passes under Route 146 was closed on Jan. 16 for maintenance work on the bridge that passes overhead. At the time, RIDOT spokesperson Charles St. Martin told The Breeze the road would be closed for about three weeks for minor repairs, with a sec- ond, short-term closure expected to follow in the spring. This week, St. Martin said those two closures are now likely to be combined into one as the original closure has stretched well into the spring. The delays, he said, are due to additional work that needed to be completed as the contractor removed old concrete before pouring new concrete to repair the bridge. "Now here we are, the warmer weather's upon us, so instead of clos- ing and reopening, they're just going to get it done," he said. "The con- tractor's already mobilized to some degree as opposed to having them break down and set up again in a relatively short period of time." Though the RIDOT could not provide a specific date for the road reopening, St. Martin estimated the closure would last at least a few more weeks. While the town has undergone several major RIDOT bridge proj- ects over the past year, including the Stone Arch Bridge and the Woonsocket Hill Road Bridge, Ezovski noted this is the first to stray significantly from the anticipated timeline. "This Connector Road bridge is the only one so far that has really been a scheduling disappointment. In the other things that they've done around town, they've pretty much been on schedule and setting the right expectations and getting it done," he said. He noted the frustration for resi- dents of the area who have been forced to follow a detour through Route 5 and Providence Street in Millville during the closure. "It's not like we're sending people to a foreign country to get back in town, but if you're the person that is most impacted by it, it's aggravating, no question," he said. With the spring construction season in full swing, the town is also looking to start on its own projects with an upcoming round of road repaving. Next Monday, May 13, Ezovski said, he plans to ask the Town Council to award a contract to repave two miles of roadway, including portions of Great Road, East Harkness Road, Wilks Avenue, Carlton Avenue, Rainville Avenue, Litzen Road, Lorraine Avenue, Parkview Drive and Edward Avenue. The project is expected to cost between $800,000 and $900,000, a sum the town has been gradually building up over the past several years. "I'm trying to solidify that into a By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM Sections of OLD GREAT ROAD AND CONNECTOR ROAD remain closed due to RIDOT bridge repairs on Route 146. See BRIDGE, Page 14 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? 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