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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-23-2019

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8 SMITHFIELD MAY 23-29, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION Randy Rossi, but isn't scheduled for repaving for another four years. "Greenville Avenue is horrible," Rossi told The Valley Breeze & Observer. "I definitely feel for everybody over there. It's so sad how bad it is." The Rhode Island Department of Transportation recently put down yet another layer of patches on the road- way, making a slight improvement this spring, but the ride remains jarring on this roadway Rossi says is one of the most traveled "internal" roads in town. Recent heavy truck traffic dur- ing the lengthy Citizens Bank campus construction project made the situation even worse, he said. Greenville Avenue is a state road, he said, and the town is still refusing to repave it. "If we touch it then the town's going to have to take on that expense going forward," he said. Rossi said his last communication from RIDOT was in December when officials informed him that they would try to obtain funding to move up the paving, but he hasn't heard back on a subsequent letter he sent back with more pictures of the road and the "hub cap cemetery" that crops up next to it. He's still asking to move repaving of the road up a couple of years. A spokesman for RIDOT did not respond to a request for comment. Rossi said the December response from RIDOT on the road came some four or five months after he'd previ- ously written to them about the issue. "It seems like there's a large delay for the responses," he said. "We've tried everything we can." Members of the town's General Assembly delegation have also been pushing RIDOT on the project as well. Greenville Avenue runs across Reaper Book near Slacks Pond, Hawkins Pond, and Factory Pond Circle. RIDOT has performed some seem- ingly longer-term fixes of the road at times over the years, replacing a por- tion of a lane, but those patches too have eventually disintegrated. The town has routinely listed Greenville Avenue as its top priority for repaving. Rossi said in January that local officials were again meeting with RIDOT to prioritize repaving of the roadway, saying at the time that the condition of the road was not of an acceptable quality and was "not fair to the residents." ROAD From Page One BREEZE PHOTOS BY ETHAN SHOREY The state has put down more patches on GREENVILLE AVENUE, but the ride along the crum- bling roadway remains a rough one. Hallworth House 66 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02904 401-274-4505 www.hallworthhouse.org Caregivers need a break? We offer extended short-term care… • Overnight 2-14 day stays available • skilled nursing • Dynamic city views • Long-term care Located on the East Side of Historic Providence just minutes from University Heights CareLink FREE Computerized Water Testing Opening Your Pool Early Has Proven to save both Time & Money! Filters & Pumps In Shop Repairs Algacides... $ 10 .00 + up Super SHOCK Gal... $ 4 .75 Liquid CHLORINE 5 gal... $ 19 .00 + deposit Peroxide SHOCK Gal... $ 20 .00 Creative Pool System, Inc. Swimming Pool Supplies & Services 17 Commerce St., Greenville (behind A&W) • 949-4400 The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals

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