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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-08-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | AUGUST 8-14, 2019 LINCOLN 9 LINCOLN – Officials say residents counting down the days until the Albion Bridges re-open can rest assured that despite some snafus, the project timeline has not changed. State officials said the bridges on School Street over the Blackstone River are still expected to open back up to traffic by late summer or fall of this year. The bridges on the Cumberland/Lincoln line have been closed since April 15 while the Rhode Island Department of Transportation rehabilitates pedes- trian and safety railings for vehi- cles on the more than 130-year- old bridges. In May, The Valley Breeze report- ed that the new railings were delivered in the wrong shade of green, and had to be returned to the facility for repainting. This month, residents in the area reported that the guardrails were delivered in the correct color but that the dimensions were incor- rect. RIDOT officials stopped short of confirming that the dimensions were incorrect, instead respond- ing to a Breeze inquiry by stating that there has been "no change in schedule." Asked several times whether the railings were delivered in the wrong size, a RIDOT spokesper- son said, "We are adjusting a few pieces of guardrail, but this does not affect timeline or cost." The bridges are open to pedes- trian traffic but closed to vehicles due to the narrowness of the bridges. Traffic to the area of School Street dramatically decreased with the temporary closure of the bridges, bringing the village to a near standstill this summer. The Albion Post Office has been under construction for more than two years after a fire destroyed the original building, and resi- dents there remain without home delivery. The village became qui- eter still when The Twisted Hop Tavern on School Street closed unexpectedly last month. As part of the project, RIDOT plans to preserve as much of the original railing as possible, includ- ing their decorative cast iron rosettes. This work is part of a $4.9 mil- lion nine-bridge project across nine communities, all of which are expected to be completed by this fall. RIDOT: No delay on Albion Bridges By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Makerspace project at Lincoln Library Friday LINCOLN – Kids ages 6 and older are invited to attend the galaxy mak- erspace event being held on Friday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m. at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road. Participants will start off by decorat- ing a solar background with stickers. A second project will involve color- ing outer space magnets. They'll also follow a recipe for making galaxy play dough from scratch. Space is limited so registration is required. Visit www.lincolnlibrary.com or call 401-333-2422 to reserve a spot or for more information. Lincoln Library 'roll and draw' activity Tuesday LINCOLN – On Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m., kids ages 6 and older can take part in a "roll and draw" activ- ity at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road. Each time they roll the dice they'll add a part to their spacecraft. Once complete, they can customize their design with colors of their choice. They can take their designs home or leave them to decorate the library. Space is limited and online registra- tion is required. Visit www.lincolnlibrary.com to reserve a spot or call 401-333-2422 for more information. IN BRIEF Make slime at Lincoln Library LINCOLN – Tweens and teens ages 10-17 are invited to make their own custom slime inspired by the universe at Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. Participants will be using glue, liq- uid starch, food dye and lots of glitter to make this slime. Space is limited. Register at lincoln- library.com, stop by the Reference Desk, or call 401-333-2422, ext. 22, to sign up. Starry Moon Project planned for Wednesday LINCOLN – Kids ages 8-12 are invited to the art club at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m., where they will make a space-themed project to wrap up the last month of summer reading. An enchanting moon and stars col- lage will be created using buttons, tin- foil and card stock. Seating is limited and online registration is required. Visit www.lincolnlibrary.com to reserve a spot. IN BRIEF do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com

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